The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association for the advancement of NFC technology, announced that Google is joining the organization as a Principal member. CSR and Intel, formerly Associate Members, have also raised their membership status to the Principal level.
Principal membership is the second-highest level of membership in the NFC Forum, with each Principal member entitled to appoint a voting representative to each of the Technical, Marketing, and Compliance Committees and Working Groups.
Principal members may designate individuals to run for positions leading Committees or Working Groups, and they may propose initiatives and contribute to the development of Forum deliverables. As Principal members, organizations may also participate in the NFC Forum testing and certification program using their own in-house test labs.
The NFC Forum has also welcomed 31 new Associate, Implementer, and Non-Profit members from across the NFC ecosystem, including: A&D Company; AQ Corporation; China Telecommunication Technology Labs; Communications Global Certification Inc.; Daimler AG; FIME; Hitachi; ICT Korea; Kovio; KTC (Korea Testing Certification); National IT Industry Promotion Agency RFID/USN Center; Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG; SK C&C USA; SOLIATIS; Sporton International; TA Technology (Shanghai) Co.; TTA; and VI Service Network Co.
Joining recently as Implementer members were: 3A Logics Co.; DeviceFidelity; HOTech; i-Free; MagTek; MStar Semiconductor; MtekVision Co.; Poken S.A.; Sysnet Group; TUOMI IT S.A.; Via Licensing Corporation; and Waldemar Winckel GmbH & Co. KG. LOGyCA joined as a Non-Profit member.