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Beta Layout receives UL certificate of compliance for embedding RFID in PCBs ••• Feig announces availability of cVEND contactless-payment systems ••• Balluff upgrades BIS V industrial RFID system ••• researchers create 3D-printed smart milk cap ••• Embarcadero unveils BeaconFence zone-management software for developers.
By Beth Bacheldor
Jul 30, 2015

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Beta Layout; Feig Electronics; Balluff; the University of California Berkeley, the National Chiao Tung University; and Embarcadero Technologies.

Beta Layout Receives UL Certificate of Compliance for Embedding RFID in PCBs

Beta Layout, a German company specializing in rapid printed-circuit board (PCB) prototyping services, has announced that it has obtained a certificate of compliance from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for its Magic-PCB technology, which incorporates a passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID chip into a PCB. The UL certificate of compliance indicates that the technology meets U.S. safety standards for electronic products, according to Beta Layout. Specifically, the certificate indicates that the company's single-layer printed wiring boards with embedded components have been found by UL to be in accordance with the following standards for safety: the UL 796 standard for printed-wiring boards and the CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 0.17 standard for polymeric materials used in electrical equipment.

Beta Layout's embedded RFID technology was patented in the United States in 2013. The technology embeds Murata's MagicStrap UHF RFID modules into PCBs and can be used for all types of electronic devices, such as mobile phones, industrial control, and test and measurement equipment (see Murata, Beta Layout Collaborate on Kit for Incorporating RFID Chips on Printed-Circuit Boards). Embedding an RFID module into the PCB ensures that every PCB is identifiable from the cradle to the grave, without the need for bar codes and line-of-sight readings.

The Magic-PCB technology is available for prototype PCBs and in small volumes using Beta Layout's PCB-POOL service. High-volume production is also possible under license using a specially developed application machine.

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