The NFC Forum was first formed on March, 18 2004. The forum is a non-profit industry association whose goal is to advance the use of near field communication technology in mobile devices, PCs, and other consumer electronics. It was started by Nokia, Sony, and NXP Semiconductors. They have worked and are still working towards the standardization of near field communication technology, and are working to make this technology possible and implemented into more devices. Standardization of this technology is very important, and it's good to see that mobile companies and other technologically involved companies are moving towards this goal. If there is no standardization, then some types of NFC may work with your device and others may not, and some companies might not incorporate this technology unless they are educated about it by the NFC Forum.
The NFC forum's mission also includes educating consumers about this technology. I feel like this area is especially important, because so many people are unaware of everything that a smart phone is able to accomplish. At my job, a lot of people come in and want to buy a smart phone just because they want a smart phone, but they have no idea all the things they can do with it. When I'm explaining that it has GPS and a ton of other capabilities and capacities, a lot of people are shocked. So I'm sure this technology needs to be educated about before just releasing it everywhere in the public.
In March 2011, the NFC had grown to include 135 member companies. Here is a list of the principal members of the NFC Forum:
- American Express
- Cambridge Silicon Radio
- Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
- DENTSU INC.
- Google Inc.
- Intel Corporation
- LG Electronics
- Marvell International Ltd.
- Motorola Mobility, Inc.
- QUALCOMM Inc.
- Research In Motion Ltd
- Rogers Communications Ltd
- Sequent Software Inc.
- Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
- Texas Instruments Incorporated
- Toppan Forms Co., LTD
To learn more about the NFC Forum visit NFC-Forum.org. The site contains news releases from the NFC Forum, information on members and membership, webcasts, presentations, and resources on near field communication, and almost any information about NFC and where the technology is headed.