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austriamicrosystems, IDS join hands on RFID reader chip

Posted: 30 Oct 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RFID IC  RFID tag  portable reader application 

austriamicrosystems and IDS Microchip have partnered to develop an RFID reader IC targeted at the portable reader market. The UHF RFID readers would be used to interrogate Gen 2 RFID tags, the latest generation of RFID tag technology, allowing contactless identification of goods or materials in a broad range of applications.

In the joint effort, austriamicrosystems and IDS Microchip worked on achieving the low current consumption and low cost bill of materials (BOM) required for the portable reader market. By incorporating time critical portions of the design, the partners have significantly simplified the end product design, such that this IC, with an 8bit microcontroller, can implement a complete Gen 2 RFID reader.

The new IC will be offered by both companies; austriamicrosystems will offer the part as AS3990, and IDS Microchip will offer the part as IDS-R900G.The device will be manufactured at austriamicrosystems' wafer fab in Unterpremstaetten, Austria, and is expected to be released to production in the first quarter 2008. Samples are available now.

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