NXP Semiconductors, the company that helped Google integrate NFC into Anroid 2.3, is predicting that between 40 million and 100 million NFC-enabled mobile phones will ship this year, according to IntoMobile.
“Every time we talk to our friends at Google, they tell us to double the numbers for the Android expectations,” NXP CEO Rick Clemmer told IntoMobile. “If the low end happens, maybe it doesn’t get to be greater than 40 or 45 million units this year. If, in fact, Google’s right and we should double everything, then the numbers are closer to a hundred.”
Clemmer added that after a low-key first half of 2011, NFC is set to “ramp rapidly” once the first NFC-embedded devices start shipping later in the year.
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