Chip makers is a cyclical industry, but NFC is most certainly not dead! RFID as a whole is a robust growth industry. Broadcom's earnings and guidance were weak, but their one bright spot was the NFC market, both present and future. NXP will not be beaten by brcm.. the idea makes me laugh. I think Broadcom's rosy view of that market bodes well for nxp. Not to mention, solid growth in the auto industry!
The only thing that seems to have died (for now) is the nfc hype... as you can see by how dead this board has been. Kudos to those who've been trying to keep the conversation going. I've had little to say so haven't chimed in; just waiting for earnings :)