While NFC has opened the door to numerous possibilities, such as the sharing of data, using our phones as mobile wallets and etc., one of the downsides to current-gen NFC chips is that apparently they can be quite the power drainer, which might explain why Apple has yet to introduce NFC in their iPhones despite many believing that they will. That being said, Qualcomm’s subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros has announced that they have developed an ultra-low power NFC chips designed for mobile devices in the form of the QCA 1990, which the company is calling the industry’s smallest chip and is 50% smaller than current NFC chips in the market. Qualcomm Atheros is expecting that these new low-powered NFC chips will be available in mobile devices come 2013, but unsurprisingly have not mentioned which devices in particular we might be able to expect it in.

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