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By Beth Bacheldor

Smartrac Makes Belt, DogBone Inlays With Ucode DNA and 7xm ICs

Smartrac has announced new Belt and DogBone inlays featuring NXP Semiconductors' Ucode DNA, 7xm and 7xm+ RFID chips. While retaining the features of the Belt and DogBone inlay ranges, the new ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) inlays offer extended memory or enhanced cryptographic security, according to the company. Each IC's product characteristics are leveraged in the respective Smartrac Belt and DogBone inlays, Smartrac says, as they offer compact size and high performance, and are particularly suitable for automotive, industrial and supply chain applications.

NXP's Ucode 7xm and 7xm+ chips, compliant with the EPC Gen 2 RFID standard, are designed for applications requiring extended memory, according to Smartrac. The 7xm contains 1024 bits of user memory, while the Ucode 7xm+ has 2048 bits. Both come with 448 bits of Electronic Product Code (EPC) memory. In addition, Smartrac indicates, the Ucode DNA UHF IC combines long-range read performance with cryptographic authentication.

Unveiled in April 2015, NXP's Ucode DNA employs a dynamic password that changes with each read event, requiring the verification of each password from a server to prevent eavesdropping and tag cloning (see NXP Releases IC for Secure Encrypted UHF Reads).

Tags made with the Ucode DNA chip are secured with a unique and tag-specific crypto key, and can operate in a mode in which a tag's response changes every time it receives a new read request from an RFID reader. The Ucode DNA IC is designed in accordance with the EPC Gen2v2 RFID standard, and the cryptographic authentication it uses is designed in accordance with the ISO/IEC 29167-10 standard for proof of origin, based on the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). It comes with 3 kilobits of memory.

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