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Sirit snags another NFC deal

Briefs | 06/05/2007 2:30 pm EDT

Toronto-based RFID technology development Sirit Inc. has landed another near-field communications (NFC) agreement with one of the world's biggest handset makers, BenQ Corp. NFC is a key ingredient to turning the cell phone into a mobile payment device or mobile wallet. Sirit will serve as BenQ's supplier of embedded NFC software and technology engineering services for handsets and smartphones. "The design win further validates the value proposition and expertise of Sirit's NFC team in helping OEMs shorten their development cycles and time to market for NFC-enabled devices," reads a news release. BenQ's associate VP of the mobile communications business groups SS Chen said there is an immediate opportunity for NFC handsets in the Asia Pacific region and Sirit's expertise will help the company address critical time to market issues. Sirit inked an agreement with Kyocera Technology Research Corp. in February under which Kyocera will use Sirit's RFID technology in NFC handset development.

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