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RFID News Roundup

Embisphere unveils multipurpose UHF RFID reader for retailers ••• GAO RFID launches new family of on-metal RFID tags ••• ON Semiconductor, RFMicron intro RFID sensor platform for IoT applications ••• Nordic ID launches new fixed UHF RFID reader, antennas ••• NXP unveils NFC RFID chips for next-gen applications ••• Ams, STMicroelectronics co-develop solution for secure NFC transactions.
By Beth Bacheldor
Feb 25, 2016

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Embisphere; GAO RFID; ON Semiconductor, RFMicron; Nordic ID; NXP Semiconductors; Ams, STMicroelectronics, ARM; and IDTronic.

Embisphere Unveils Multipurpose UHF RFID Reader for Retailers

Embisphere has announced a new multipurpose RFID reader, known as the embiPos Air. The wall-mountable reader integrates a built-in ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) circular-polarized antenna in a thin, compact shape, the company reports, making it suitable for picking and packing, point-of-sale, fitting-room and shelving applications. According to Embisphere, the device—which supports the EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C specifications—has already been chosen by several retailers, including sporting goods retailer Decathlon.

Embisphere's embiPos Air reader
The embiPos Air can be connected via a single USB cable to any device—Android, iOS, or Microsoft Windows Phone or Windows—through Bluetooth, with up to a 30-meter (98.4-foot) range. It can be interfaced directly in keyboard emulation mode or via its application programming interface (API). The reader measures 114 millimeters by 189 millimeters by 12 millimeters (4.5 inches by 7.4 inches by 0.5 inch), and weighs 250 grams (0.6 ounce).

GAO RFID Launches New Family of On-Metal RFID Tags

GAO RFID has announced a new family of mount-on-metal ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) EPC Gen 2 RFID tags resistant to extreme temperatures, humidity and impact. All tags in the new family are RoHS-compliant and have an IP68 rating for certified protection from dust and water. These tags can be used for applications requiring the identification, tracking and monitoring of metallic assets, the company reports. GAO offers bar-code printing and RFID encoding for these tags.

GAO's Magnetic-Mount Tag (116036)
The Fastenable Mount-on-Metal tag (model 116035) measures 148 millimeters by 18.2 millimeters by 3.2 millimeters (5.8 inches by 0.7 inch by 0.13 inch) and features two holes for easy mounting with rivets or other fasteners. The tag's larger size provides a read distance of more than 16 feet (5 meters) when mounted on metal. The Form Factor Mount-on Metal tag (model 116039) is the size of a paperclip and measures 38 millimeters by 10 millimeters by 3.2 millimeters (1.5 inches by 0.4 inch by 0.13 inch), while the ultra-thin tag (model 116040) is the thinnest of GAO's series of on-metal RFID tags, at only 0.05 inch (1.27 millimeter). The magnetic on-metal tag (model 116036) features two small magnets for easy attachment and removal from metal assets, and offers an on-metal read distance of 13 feet (4 meters). All of these tags are constructed from durable flame-retardant 4 (FR-4) laminate and can endure temperatures of 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit) even in oil.

GAO's Razor Tag (116427)
The UHF Gen 2 RFID Razor tag (model 116427) is specially designed for a wide range of applications, such as electronics and asset tracking. It can be read from a distance of up to 6 meters (19.7 feet) on metal and up to 8 meters (26.2 feet) on non-metal surfaces.

Thinner and shorter tags are valuable in environments in which a lower profile is required, according to the company.

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