Sony Corporation has announced that cumulative shipments of its FeliCa
contactless integrated circuit (IC) chips have reached 200 million
units, as of March 2007.
Sony commenced shipments of FeliCa IC cards in 1996, and has since
shipped approximately 160 million chips for use in FeliCa-based cards
such as “Suica” and “Edy”, and over 40 million “Mobile FeilCa” IC chips
used in “Osaifu-Keitai” mobile phones with electronic money functions.
Sony achieved cumulative shipments of 100 million FeliCa units within
approximately 10 years of launch. Since then, FeliCa shipments reached
the 200 million unit mark in just 18 months. The immediate popularity of
Osaifu-Keitai mobile phones (launched in summer 2004), and rapid
expansion of services such as automatic payment for public
transportation systems and electronic money settlement have made major
contributions to this growth.
The range of applications for FeliCa continues to increase, with various
service providers offering easy, convenient and secure FeliCa-based
applications. These include payment for public transportation,
electronic money, credit transactions, employee ID, membership cards and
point cards – all of which can be used simply by passing a card or
mobile phone over a reader/writer. Going forward Sony will also seek to
establish FeliCa within industries such as entertainment, dining and
sports to extend FeliCa’s unique brand of convenience and enjoyment
among the widest possible user base.