Broadcom thinks it can make NFC a common smartphone feature by offering it in a chip with other wireless technologies, even if making payments with the technology doesn't catch on for years.
iPhone 5 to sport new Broadcom wireless chip
On Tuesday, the communications chip company announced what it called the first chip with built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM radio and NFC (near-field communication), which it said should start appearing in handsets next year.
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