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Jadak announces Bluetooth RFID reader for health-care applications ••• RFID market to reach $9.56 billion in 2015, IDTechEx CEO says ••• NEC Display Solutions of America uses Impinj RFID technology for contest ••• Google unveils Eddystone formats for Bluetooth beacons ••• ParkerVision's PV5870 demodulator selected for RFID products ••• Skytron inks deal to distribute Mobile Aspects' RFID-enabled smart cabinets.
By Beth Bacheldor

ParkerVision's PV5870 Demodulator Selected for RFID Products, Satellite Receivers, and More

ParkerVision, which is focused on the commercialization of its proprietary RF communication technologies, has announced that one of its component products, the PV5870 wide-band IQ demodulator, is being designed into RFID products, as well as a number of other commercial and industrial RF applications, including satellite receivers and avionics test equipment. The PV5870 is currently being evaluated by additional customers for a wide range of high-performance commercial applications, the company reports.

According to a ParkerVision spokesman, the ultra-low-power, high-performance IQ modulator/demodulator is suitable for both portable and fixed RFID readers. It is designed for typically challenging communication systems, the spokesman says, and features strong linearity and low power consumption of less than 130mW. The device is optimized for wide-band applications utilizing RF carrier frequencies ranging from 400 to 3,600 MHz, and is based on ParkerVision's patented energy transfer sampling receiver technology and pulse shaping transmitter technology. Benefits include excellent amplitude and phase balance, low conversion loss with low noise figure, very low DC offset, and low power dissipation, ParkerVision says.

ParkerVision reports that it has been shipping evaluation boards and sample components for customers to evaluate and, in some cases, implement in early pilot production units. The firm plans to ship units in volume during the coming months through ParkerVision's distribution partner, RFMW.

Skytron Inks Deal to Distribute Mobile Aspects' RFID-Enabled Smart Cabinets

Skytron has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to distribute Mobile Aspects' RFID-enabled smart cabinets for health care, including the iRISupply, iRIScope and iRISecure product lines. Skytron is a medical equipment supplier that provides a full line of health-care products. In addition to RFID asset tracking, the company offers surgical tables, lights, booms, video integration, patient lifts and infection-prevention solutions. The Mobile Aspects products are the latest addition to the Skytron Process Solutions product category designed to increase clinical efficiencies in perioperative and procedural workspaces.

Mobile Aspects' iRIS suite of solutions is intended to help health-care facilities increase their revenue reimbursement and improve their process and workflow efficiencies, while helping them to comply with regulatory agency guidelines.

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