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NedCard intros RFID SMD package with NXP ICs for industrial applications ••• Decawave, Runtime announce support for open-source RTLS ••• Q-Free, Silicon Labs partner on IoT solution to alleviate urban traffic ••• IoTize wins NFC Forum innovation award ••• Industrial Internet Consortium, Fira Barcelona partner on Spanish IoT event ••• IoT company Teslonix, chip maker Farsens sign business collaboration agreement.
By Rich Handley
Sep 13, 2018

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: NedCard, NXP Semiconductors; Decawave, Runtime; Q-Free, Silicon Labs; IoTize, the NFC Forum; the Industrial Internet Consortium, Fira Barcelona; Teslonix, and Farsens.

NedCard Intros RFID SMD Package With NXP ICs for Industrial Applications

NedCard has announced its MicroSON-3 SMD with UHF Gen2v2-compliant UCODE 8 and UCODE 8m RFID chips from NXP Semiconductors. The MicroSON-3 is a small outline no-leads (SON) SMD package that can be embedded in industrial applications via a printed circuit board (PCB).

The MicroSON-3 is small and thin enough to withstand harsh industrial processes and high temperatures. The plastic encapsulated package comes with a copper lead frame substrate. The leadless package makes electrical contact by soldering the bottom surface terminals to the PCB. The small size of the MicroSON-3 design makes it a suitable package for RFID tag chips, the company reports.

RFID-enabled tracking in industrial applications helps companies to automate item identification and data-capture in order to improve quality, efficiency and work processes. Tracking reusable items and tools saves time and replacement costs, the company explains.

"Our UCODE 8 chip platform provides unparalleled RFID performance across a broad range of Industry 4.0 applications and is optimized for fast and accurate inventory of dense RAIN RFID tag populations," said Mahdi Mekic, NXP Semiconductors' marketing director for RFID solutions, in a prepared statement. "By collaborating with NedCard on their new rugged MicroSON-3 offering, we're enabling an extremely small and robust RFID package solution that can be integrated into the harshest of industrial and manufacturing processes."

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