の普及につとめる NXPセミコンダクターズは、次期 Windows こと Windows 8
（仮）が同社の NFC ソリューションを採用することを明らかにしました。Windows 8 の NFC 対応はマイクロソフトが開催中の開発者カンファレンス BUILD のキーノートでも言及されており、MS・NXPの両社は「緊密に作業を進めている」（NXP談）とのことです。
FeliCa によるオサイフ決済が発達した日本では、NFC についても電子マネー技術という視点で見られがちですが、実際は Near Field Communication（近距離無線通信）の名前どおり「電子マネーにも使える」汎用通信技術です。Windows が NFC をサポートすることによって実現するアイデアとしては、たとえば NFC 対応 PC と NFC 対応 Bluetooth ヘッドセットを近付けるだけでペアリングするとか、NFC 対応 PC に NFC 対応スマートフォンをタッチすると同期するとか。FeliCa ポート採用 PC が並ぶ日本においてはそう斬新なアイデアではないかもしれませんが、OS レベルでのサポートにより、PC / タブレット側、周辺機器側の両面で NFC 対応が広がることは間違いなさそうです。NXP's NFC Solution Supports Windows 8
NXP supplies NFC solution for Windows 8-based tablets at BUILD
Eindhoven, Netherlands and Anaheim, Calif., September 13, 2011 – NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today announced that its PN544 Near Field Communication (NFC) radio controller will support Windows 8. NXP worked closely with Microsoft to develop a NFC driver for Windows 8, enabling a variety of use cases that are triggered by close proximity or a "tap". NXP also confirms that it is supplying the NFC solution on the Windows 8-based tablets distributed at the Microsoft BUILD conference, taking place between September 13 – 16, 2011 in Anaheim, California.
NFC technology offers a high level of convenience and through simple touch gestures allows various device, such as tablets, notebooks, PCs, smartphones and other computing devices, to easily interact with each other or with passive devices, such as tags, labels and posters. The "Tap to pair/ Tap to share" and other use cases available with Windows 8 include device/accessory pairing, in which one can tap to pair with Bluetooth headset or speaker for example, and ease of data sharing between devices. NFC can also be used to transfer control from one device to another, such as to initiate a transfer of a video call from a tablet to another NFC-enabled device. NFC has the unique capability to link the physical world with the Cloud, enabling the tablet to interact with smart posters and other devices equipped with a NFC tag.
Developers and computing equipment manufacturers can take advantage of NFC support for Windows 8 to offer a wide variety of consumer and enterprise use cases such as offering promotions, coupons, and discount codes via NFC tags and posters; bringing physical touch points to online social networking for enhanced check-in experience; perform surveys and brand reviews; add NFC-enabled tokens to unlock or enhance a gaming experience; and, enable content delivery in document, audio or video format.
"We chose to work with NXP's NFC solution because they are a proven technology leader in near field communication," said Aidan Marcuss, senior director of Windows product management, Microsoft Corp. "NXP has a deep understanding of NFC and we are working with them to deliver the right hardware, software and support to bring this technology to our partners, developers, and ultimately the consumer."
"NFC support for Windows 8 is a significant step in the roll out of this game-changing technology and truly signifies that the time of NFC is now," said Ruediger Stroh, executive vice president and general manager, Identification Business, NXP Semiconductors. "NFC offers consumers an unprecedented user experience and we are very excited to be working with Microsoft to offer NFC for Windows 8."
NFC is a market proven technology co-invented by NXP in 2002. In 2004 NXP co-founded the NFC Forum to lead the collaboration with all industry stakeholders and help standardize the technology. NFC technology evolved from a combination of contactless identification (RFID) and interconnection technologies. Ranked as the number one contactless IC vendor by ABI Research for three years in a row, NXP is the global leader in NFC solutions, field proven in over 150 NFC trials and landmark commercial deployments worldwide.
About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Nasdaq: NXPI) provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. A global semiconductor company with operations in more than 25 countries, NXP posted revenue of $4.4 billion in 2010. For more information visit www.nxp.com.