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For release: 24 Feb 2005

Near Field Communication Forum Announces World-class Members Lineup, Charts Course For 2005

 

WAKEFIELD, Mass. February 24, 2005 — The Near Field Communication (NFC) Forum, a non-profit industry association launched in 2004 by Nokia Corporation, Royal Philips Electronics and Sony Corporation to promote NFC technology, today announced that 20 more organizations from around the world have joined the group.

The NFC Forum is a global standards development and advocacy group dedicated to advancing near field communication technology, educating the public about its benefits, and furthering its implementation around the world. MasterCard International, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Microsoft Corp., Motorola,NEC, Samsung, Texas Instruments and Visa International have become Sponsor Members,receiving seats on the Forum’s Board of Directors. As a group, the Sponsor Members will represent the leading players in key industries in all the major regions of the world.

Additional organizations that have joined the NFC Forum in other membership categories include 3ALogics Inc., CETECOM Spain, Gemplus, Giesecke & Devrient, Innovision Research & Technology plc, JCB Co. Ltd., LG Electronics, Logitech, MeT Ltd., Mobey Forum,SKIDATA AG, and Smart System Technologies, Inc.

“The strong interest the Forum has received from key players in the industry is a clear endorsement of our goals and a predictor of energetic Forum activities,” said Christophe Duverne, Chairman of the NFC Forum. “We invite additional companies from all relevant sectors — mobile communications, consumer electronics, chip manufacturing, computing, media and entertainment, telecom and payment services — to join the NFC Forum and help work toward our goal of enabling consumers to connect to other devices and services in an intuitive and convenient way.”

In addition to assembling its world-class membership roster, the Forum has set up working groups and identified areas of technology for specification. To address the growing interest that hundreds of organizations have expressed in the NFC Forum, an informational session will be held at the CTIA Wireless 2005 conference in New Orleans, March 14-16. The first NFC Forum Members Meeting will take place in New York City, March 17-18.

NFC technology for short-range wireless connectivity will allow users to access content and services, transact payments and store tickets on their smart phones, PDAs and other consumer electronics by just holding NFC-enabled devices next to each other.

About NFC Technology
Near Field Communication (NFC) technology evolved from a combination of contactless identification and interconnection technologies. NFC operates in the 13.56MHz frequency range, over a typical distance of a few centimeters. NFC technology is standardized in ISO 18092, ISO 21481, ECMA (340, 352 and 356), and ETSI TS 102 190. NFC is also compatible with the broadly established contactless smart card markets based on ISO 14443, Philips MIFARE® technology and Sony’s FeliCa card.

About the NFC Forum
The Near Field Communication (NFC) Forum will promote implementation and standardization of NFC technology to ensure interoperability between devices and services. Founded by three innovative technology companies Nokia Corporation, Royal Philips Electronics and Sony
Corporation in 2004, the Forum’s objective is to foster the use of NFC short-range wireless interaction in consumer electronics, mobile devices and PCs. For more information, visit www.https://nfc-forum.org, call NFC membership services at +1 781-876-8955, or send a message to [email protected]

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ABOUT NFC FORUM SPONSOR MEMBERS

MasterCard International
MasterCard International is a leading global payments solutions company that provides a broad variety of innovative services in support of our global members’ credit, deposit access, electronic cash, business-to-business and related payment programs. MasterCard International manages a family of well-known, widely accepted payment cards brands including MasterCard®, Maestro® and Cirrus® and serves financial institutions, consumers and businesses in over 210 countries and territories. The MasterCard award-winning Priceless® advertising campaign is now seen in 97 countries and in 47 languages, giving the MasterCard brand a truly global reach and scope. For more information go to www.mastercardinternational.com.

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic)
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., best known for its Panasonic brand name, is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the Company recorded consolidated sales of US$71.92 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004. Matsushita’s shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, New York (NYSE:MC), Euronext Amsterdam and Frankfurt stock
exchanges. For more information on the company and its Panasonic brand, visit the Matsushita website at https://panasonic.co.jp/global/index.html.

Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.

Motorola
Motorola is a Fortune 100 global communications leader that provides seamless mobility products and solutions across broadband, embedded systems and wireless networks. In your home, auto, workplace and all spaces in between, seamless mobility means you can reach the people, things and information you need, anywhere, anytime. Seamless mobility harnesses the power of technology convergence and enables smarter, faster, cost-effective and flexible communication. Motorola had sales of US $31.3 billion in 2004. For more information: www.motorola.com.

NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.l) is one of the world’s leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global base of customers. Ranked as one of the world’s top patent-producing companies, NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics Corporation. The
NEC Group employs more than 140,000 people worldwide and had net sales of 4,906 billion yen (approx. $47 billion) in the fiscal year ended March 2004. For additional information, please visit the NEC home page at: https://www.nec.com.

Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. More information is available at www.nokia.com.

Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is one of the world’s biggest electronics companies and Europe’s largest, with sales of EUR 30.3 billion in 2004. With activities in the three interlocking domains of healthcare, lifestyle and technology and 161,500 employees in more than 60 countries, it has market leadership positions in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring, color television sets, electric shavers, lighting and silicon system solutions. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.

Samsung
Samsung Electronics employs approximately 88,000 people in 89 offices across 46 countries. The company is the world’s second largest producer of mobile phones. Since 1997 Samsung has been The Olympic Partner (TOP) in the wireless communications equipment category. In particular, Samsung became a Presenting Partner of the first ever global Olympic Torch Relay for ATHENS 2004, and is proud to continue its official sponsorship of the torch relay by utilizing its extensive global network to provide citizens from around the world an opportunity to participate and celebrate together in the XX Olympic Winter Games in Torino in 2006. Please visit the Web site at https://www.samsung.com.

Sony Corporation
Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music,pictures, computer entertainment and on-line businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading personal broadband entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $72 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004. Sony Global Web Site: https://www.sony.net/.

Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated provides innovative DSP and analog technologies to meet our customers’ real world signal processing requirements. In addition to Semiconductor, the company’s businesses include Sensors & Controls, and Educational & Productivity Solutions. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing, design or sales operations in more than 25 countries. Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXN. More information is located on the World Wide Web site at www.ti.com.

Visa International
Visa is the world’s leading payment brand, generating more than US$3.2 trillion in annual card sales volume. Visa has unsurpassed acceptance in more than 150 countries. The Visa organization plays a pivotal role in developing innovative payment products and technologies to benefit its 21,000 member financial institutions and their cardholders. Visa is a leader in Internet based payments and is pioneering the creation of u-commerce, or universal commerce–the ability to conduct commerce anywhere, anytime, and any way. For more information, visit
www.corporate.visa.com.