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By Beth Bacheldor

Phychips Unveils New Line of UHF RFID Reader Modules

RFID hardware manufacturer Phychips has introduced RED, a new line of ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID reader-writer modules, which includes two versions: the RED4 and the RED5.

The RED4 module is best suited for mid-range handheld readers, RFID-enabled tablets, smartphones, dongles and consumer electronics, according to the company. It has an output of 25dBm. The RED5 module has a 30dBm output and is best suited for long-range PDA readers, tablets and multi-port fixed readers, the company adds.

Both reader modules measure 24 millimeters by 24 millimeters by 3 millimeters (0.9 inch by 0.9 inch by 0.1 inch), are capable of multi-tag reading, and support the EPC Gen2v2 specification and global RFID UHF bands. The modules are easy to use, require no antenna matching, have built-in multi-protocol support and come with a free application programming interface, Phychips reports. Also available is a developer's kit that lets customers test the reader module, as well as a user manual and application notes. In addition, Phychips says it will provide customers with intensive technical support if needed.

IDTronic's Offers Silicone RFID-enabled Sports Wristband

IDTronic, an RFID hardware provider based in Germany, has announced a new silicone RFID wristband for access-control applications. The new Silicone Sports wristband is designed for fitness and wellness facilities, the company notes, including swimming pools and for use as an alternative to contactless RFID cards.

The wristband is available with a variety of options, including being laser-engraved, stamped or printed with a company's logo, a thermo-printed serial and unique ID number, and a choice of colors and sizes. The band is available with the most common low-frequency (LF) 125 KHz, high-frequency (HF) 13.65 MHz and ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) chip types from all leading integrated circuit (IC) producers, IDTronic reports, such as EM Microelectronic and NXP Semiconductors.

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