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By Rich Handley

Eccel Raspberry Pi Board Enables RFID, NFC Communication

Eccel Technology (also known as IB Technology) has announced its Raspberry Pi Hat RFID/NFC Board (Raspberry Pi-B1 for short). The add-on board is now available for £33 ($43) at RS Components, a U.K.-based distributor of electronics, automation and control components, tools and consumables.

The Raspberry Pi-B1 board provides radio frequency identification and Near Field Communication (NFC) capability at 13.56 MHz, at a range of up to 1 meter (3.3. feet). The device is intended for use with Raspberry Pi-based access-control, resource-management, prepayment-monitoring and storage-management applications.

According to the company, the Raspberry Pi-B1 supports Mifare Classic, Ultralight and NTAG2 RFID technologies, and is designed to offer high transponder read and write speeds. It includes an ARM microcontroller for handling RFID configuration, Eccel reports, as well as a command interface, available via a 921 Kbps COM port, for quick read-write access to transponder memory and other features.

The Raspberry Pi-B1 comes with 2x configurable pulse-width modulator (PWM) and 4x configurable general-purpose input-output (GPIO) boards with interrupts. It features an analog-to-digital converter, a current-output digital-to-analog converter, comparator functions and an optional AES-128 encryption engine, and can operate in environments ranging from -25 degrees to +85 degrees Celsius (-13 degrees to +185 degrees Fahrenheit).

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