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Marubeni Chemix introduces aviation-grade tags made with Tego chips; Murata, Kathrein partner on UHF RFID for use in electronics production; AeroScout closes $16 million investment; Cissoid, Instrumentel intro high-temp, passive RFID telemetry chip; IDTronic unveils EaZy aXXess access-control products; Buenos Aires toll operator selects TransCore's technology.
Cissoid, Instrumentel Intro High-Temp, Telemetry Passive RFID Chip
Cissoid, a manufacturer of high-temperature semiconductor solutions, and Instrumentel, a supplier of wireless telemetry solutions, have jointly announced a partnership to provide the Merlin integrated circuit—a high-temperature passive RFID chip for sensing tags. The Merlin IC, an inductively coupled telemetry transponder that can support a variety of sensors, incorporates a programmable unique 48-bit identifier and a set of general-purpose I/Os that can be monitored and controlled remotely. Data transmission operates with a data rate of up to 200 kilobits per second. The entire functionality of Merlin is available without any direct power supply, the two companies explain, since it retrieves power from the 13.56 MHz electromagnetic field generated by a remote reader. The chip is designed to operate in temperatures ranging from -55 degrees to +225 degrees Celsius (-67 degrees to +437 degrees Fahrenheit). This, the companies report, makes the solution suitable for scenarios in which sensors must be located in extreme environments, in places where no power supply or battery replacement is available. It is designed for industrial applications, including explosion metrology and nuclear waste monitoring, as well as for use in aeronautics, space, industrial, medical and automotive applications. Instrumentel will sell a demonstration kit incorporating Merlin tags, a reader and a software interface, and can provide specialist design services and integrated solutions made with the Merlin chip. Cissoid, meanwhile, will sell standalone Merlin chips in high volumes directly to end users.

IDTronic Unveils EaZy aXXess Access-Control Products
IDTronic, an RFID hardware provider based in Germany, has introduced a new RFID-based access-control solution known as EaZy aXXess, which includes three different products. Based on the Linux platform, the EaZy aXXess System delivers all components for creating a real-time access-control systems. Up to 64 EaZy aXXess door readers can be attached and managed by the EaZy aXXess Web server via an RS485 interface. The EaZy aXXess System includes a wide range of readers and devices to fully automate access control for up to 10,000 users. The EaZy aXXess Terminal is a Linux-based interactive, multimedia terminal with a display, an integrated 13.56 MHz RFID interrogator, a sound card and two speakers. Available with TCP/IP or a Wi-Fi interface, the EaZy aXXess Terminal is suitable for access-control and building-automation applications, and can also be used for other applications, including information, communication and personal messaging, IDTronic reports. The EaZy aXXess Lock, a professional electronic cabinet lock with integrated ISO 14443 RFID technology, is intended for facilities with season-pass holders, memberships or employee lockers, the firm adds. With a simple wave of a wrist, IDTronic explains, a guest can access a locker. Depending on the type of initialization of the RFD tag used, the EaZy aXXess Lock allows single or multiple entries to the locker. A user can occupy any free locker that is not reserved; once that locker is occupied, no other users can access it.

Buenos Aires Toll Operator Selects TransCore's Technology
Ausol Autopistas del Sol, an Argentine toll operator that supports a 120-kilometer-long (75-mile-long) network of roads and accommodates more than 900,000 vehicles daily, has selected an RFID-enabled electronic toll system from TransCore to update its existing system, in use since 1996. The system will leverage TransCore's eGo Plus sticker, which contains a 915 MHz windshield-mounted passive RFID tag. Using an RFID tag-on-a-chip application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC), TransCore reports, the eGo Plus sticker tag offers a read range of up to 31.5 feet (9.6 meters) and 2048 bits of read/write memory, and provides the capability to read, write, rewrite or permanently lock individual bytes. The Argentine system will also leverage TransCore's Encompass 6 reader, an integrated high-speed, multiprotocol 915 MHz RFID interrogator that includes an RF transceiver board and a processor in a single assembly. According to TransCore, Encompass 6 is suitable for high-speed, multi-lane installations with a requirement to read or write to two tag protocols, or to provide a migration path from an existing tag protocol. The contract includes 150 Encompass 6 readers, as well as the potential over the next three years of more than 200,000 eGo Plus stickers. Initial system installation and integration are expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2011. TransCore's technology will now be interoperable with all nine of the separately owned toll roads throughout Buenos Aires.

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