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CISC announces new testing features for RAIN RFID, EPC Gen2V2 tags, readers ••• Skyworks releases multi-standard IoT front-end module ••• SALTO Systems to introduce BLE-enabled reader ••• Ayla Networks adds IoT platform enhancements for manufacturers ••• Fujitsu intros sensor-based IoT system-development platform ••• Telit offers BLE module with integrated MEMS motion and environmental sensors.
By Rich Handley
Jun 29, 2017

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: CISC; Skyworks; SALTO Systems; Ayla Networks; Fujitsu Components America; and Telit.

CISC Announces New Testing Features for RAIN RFID, EPC Gen2V2 Tags, Readers

CISC has announced its RFID Xplorer—Tag Tester, a tool for evaluating the performance and conformance of RAIN RFID tags. The system provides measurement techniques for testing standards around the world, and provides a means to characterize the physical behavior of different tags, both as standalone tags and as tagged item tags.

The tag population analysis tool of the Xplorer Tag Performance Tester enables users to display the minimum turn-on power of a tag population on a graph. The number of tags that answer over the different power levels are displayed, in order to help a user find the optimum solution and potential weaknesses for a given application.

For autonomous measurement, an inventory round is initiated to detect the tags within the field. A frequency sweep is performed as the basis for a read range evaluation from tag to reader and from reader to tag. The results can then be saved to an XML or TXT file.

The frequency sweep results can be processed to generate a cumulative distribution function, displaying the number of tags over the tags' turn-on power, backscatter power, read range and backscatter range. The display options let a user choose the carrier frequency of interest and the display metric.

The interference analysis tool available in the CISC RFID Xplorer Tag Emulator and Sniffer, and in the CISC RFID Xplorer Tag Performance Tester, enable users to analyze possible interferences in the frequency range of 800 MHz to 1 GHz.

The CISC RFID Xplorer Tag Emulator and Sniffer allows users to log RFID communication in an XML file. The communication analysis tool can analyze the XML file logged with the CISC RFID Xplorer Sniffer. The extensive analysis evaluates the number of responses, empty slots and collisions detected for each query round, and also tracks the Q-value communicated to the tags by the reader.

The Field Recorder in the CISC RFID Xplorer Tag Emulator and Sniffer measures the power of the field using the RF sensor module. This provides real-time measurement of the RF field and the environmental setup. It is integrated in the CISC RFID Xplorer Tag Emulator and Sniffer software. The Field Recorder can either run standalone or simultaneously with the Sniffer and Tag Emulator. The measured field data can be logged into a separate XML file or together with the sniffer log file to analyze the RF field characteristics and the communication together.

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