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Intel Adds NFC to Renewed Mobile Push

Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) is joining the ranks of companies making a big bet on Near-Field Communications (NFC), announcing an agreement with Inside Secure that gives the chip maker access to Inside's NFC software and chips.

Intel didn't outline any specific plans for the contactless technology, but the partnership comes as the company is restructuring its business to focus on making a bigger impact on mobility in general. Intel confirmed to PC World that it is combining four of its baseband communications groups -- netbook and tablet, ultra-mobility, mobile communications and mobile wireless -- into one larger "Mobile and Communications" division.

Current Intel execs Mike Bell and Hermann Eul will head up the new mega-unit.

Intel is the leader in PC and laptop chips, but hasn't had as much luck in the mobility sector where it has lost out to more power-efficient chipmakers like Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) and Nvidia Corp. (Nasdaq: NVDA). (See Qualcomm, Nvidia Face Off in the Core.

It may be late to the game, but the company is hoping the new structure will help it better negotiate the competitive mobile market. Intel has promised Android-based phones with its chips on board, the first of which are expected to come to market in the first half of next year.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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