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By Beth Bacheldor

ThingMagic Readers Add Support for Gen2v2 Security Functions

Trimble's ThingMagic division has released new firmware that adds support for the EPC Gen2v2 standard to its Micro and Micro-LTE RFID reader modules. The division also released updates to software development kits (SDKs) and revised documentation.

The new firmware release, version 1.7.2, for Micro and Micro-LTE adds EPC Gen2v2 support as implemented by NXP Semiconductors' Ucode DNA tags. The Ucode DNA is a passive EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID chip that NXP says is the first to provide cryptographic authentication. Unveiled in April 2015 (see NXP Releases IC for Secure Encrypted UHF Reads), the Ucode DNA uses a dynamic password that changes with each read event and requires the verification of every password from a server, in order to prevent eavesdropping and tag cloning. In addition, the Micro module is now qualified to operate down to temperatures of -40 degrees Celsius (-40 degrees Fahrenheit)—with corresponding lowering of firmware-enforced temperature limits—and features support for return loss measurements on antenna ports to monitor antenna quality, support for antenna detection based on return loss measurements across the configured region, and support for reduced-bandwidth 900 MHz regions—using less than the full 902 to 928 MHz band sanctioned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Industry Canada (IC)—to accommodate small, high-gain antennas, including a regional setting that compresses 50 channels into a band 10 MHz wide, and another that compresses 50 channels into a band that is 5 MHz wide.

The MercuryAPI SDK has been enhanced to support the Micro's new functionality. There is also support for Gen2v2's "Untraceable," "Secure Tag Authentication" and "Tag Authentication with Secure Data Transfer" functionalities on all three programming platforms (C, C#/.NET, and Java), and additional code examples are provided to illustrate the use of Gen2v2 functions. The SDK now has Return Loss reporting in the existing ReaderStats code example, two new screens for the Universal Reader Assistant application to demonstrate Gen2 v2 functionality, and support for antenna detection for the Micro module in Universal Reader Assistant and the Autonomous Configuration Tool.

In addition to release notes for the Micro firmware and API releases, the following manuals have been updated to reflect this release: Auto Configuration Tool Users Guide; M6e-Micro Hardware Guide; MercuryAPI Programmers Guide; Universal Reader Assistant User Guide; Nano Module Design Guide (not related to this release, but the documentation needed updating to clear up some ambiguity involving signal direction).

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