The NFC Forum has announced that Infineon Technologies has upgraded its NFC Forum membership from Principal to Sponsor, the company said.
The NFC Forum board of directors voted on and approved Infineon´s Sponsor-level membership. Three other companies have recently joined the world´s standards and advocacy association for Near Field Communication (NFC) technology as well.
Infineon has been a Principal member of the NFC Forum since 2005 and will join Apple, Dai Nippon Printing, Google, Intel, MasterCard Worldwide, NXP, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony, STMicroelectronics and Visa on the NFC Forum board of directors. Infineon´s new position at the NFC Forum will allow it to take a greater leadership role in the organization, NFC technology development and deliverables.
Sponsor level is the top tier of NFC Forum membership. It entitles an organization to a seat on the NFC Forum board of directors, the consortium´s governing body, and to run for officer positions. Sponsor members, like Principal members, may designate individuals to run for Forum leadership positions and may appoint one voting representative to each of the NFC Forum Committees and Working Groups.
Infineon Technologies AG is a world provider of semiconductor solutions that make life easier, safer and greener. Microelectronics from Infineon is the key to a better future. In the 2017 fiscal year (ending September 30), the company reported sales of about 7.1 billion euros with some 37,500 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX) and in the USA on the over-the-counter market OTCQX International Premier (ticker symbol: IFNNY).
The NFC Forum (www.nfc-forum.org) was launched as a non-profit industry association in 2004 by mobile communications, semiconductor, and consumer electronics companies. The Forum´s mission is to advance the use of Near Field Communication technology by developing specifications, ensuring interoperability among devices and services, and educating the market about NFC technology. The Forum´s global member companies are currently developing specifications for a modular NFC device architecture, and protocols for interoperable data exchange and device-independent service delivery, device discovery, and device capability. Only member companies can participate in the Forum´s certification program of NFC devices, readers and tags. The NFC Forum´s Sponsor members, which hold seats on the board of directors, include players in key industries around the world. The Sponsor members are: Apple Inc., Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd., Google, Inc., Intel, MasterCard Worldwide, NXP Semiconductors, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Corporation, STMicroelectronics, and Visa Inc.