According to an ABI Research report, Near Field Communication Semiconductors, more than 419 million NFC chipsets will ship in 2012. NFC chipset shipments and revenue will continue to grow steadily over the next five years. However, NFC revenue will be offset by declining unit ASPs. By 2012, NFC chipset ASP will decline to $0.97, for a total market revenue of $406 million.
In North America, ABI Research sees demand for handset application directives from operators, as well as from third parties. Europe – though lagging in the contactless RFID payment space due to payment infrastructure constraints tied to the EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) deployments – is extremely well-suited for NFC. This region is a highly transit-centric environment full of content and mobile payment opportunities across its GSM family networks.
The Near Field Communication Semiconductors study describes the increasing demand for Near Field Communication and the integrated circuits that drive this emerging technology in the cellular and wireless handset marketplace. The report provides a detailed examination of the NFC chipset and modem. It explains the requirements for competitive architectures, including essential product capabilities, and analyzes critical market constraints. The research identifies the wireless handset devices targeted by the NFC chipsets, explains the contactless payment hierarchy that currently exists (such as mobile commerce, banking, and security infrastructure), and examines both short- and long-term market implications. Key vendor profiles are included. The study concludes with an in-depth market forecast that numerically tracks the trends of both positive and negative market forces.
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