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By Beth Bacheldor

CISC Intros Tests to Meet GS1 US Tagged Item Performance Protocol Guideline

CISC Semiconductor has announced that its RFID test and measurement product, known as RFID Xplorer, can now be used to perform measurement tests based on GS1 US's Tagged-Item Performance Protocol (TIPP). The TIPP guideline—a set of four documents developed by GS1 US's Item Level RFID workgroup—includes a scale for grading the performance of EPC ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags when used on particular products and in specific environments, as well standardizing the testing conducted to identify that grade case (see GS1 Expects Tagged-Item Performance Protocol Guideline to Boost RFID Adoption). The guideline is intended to make it easier for both retailers and suppliers to test and identify the best tag for use with each product and use.

First unveiled in April 2012 (see RFID News Roundup: CISC Unveils Portable UHF Tag Test System), the RFID Xplorer is a portable, compact solution specifically designed as a cost-effective, small and powerful measurement system for RFID tag sensitivity, communication range and backscatter measurements, according to the company. Now, the RFID Xplorer can be configured as a TIPP tester—and in this mode, it provides a fast switch to four linear antennas specified by the guideline. Along with CISC's rotatable test platform, the read and backscatter sensitivity of tagged items are tested at different angles in 3D. The result accuracy, CISC says, is maintained due to RFID Xplorer's self-calibration and optional traceable calibration, according the ISO/IEC 17025 standard, which is performed at a certified independent test lab.

The RFID Xplorer provides high transmit power of 4 watts of effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP) and receive sensitivity of -90 dBm, which the company says makes it suitable for testing tagged items that are difficult to read (such as those containing liquids or metals). By supporting extended memory tests and providing cryptographic functionality, CISC explains, RFID Xplorer already meets the test requirements for privacy and secure data transfer between readers and tags.

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