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NXP to Unveil New UHF, HF Chips
The new models include the Ucode I2C, a high-memory EPC chip that can be embedded into computers and other devices in order to activate features or diagnose errors, and the Icode ILT, a high-frequency IC designed for high-volume, fast tag reading.
While ClearCount will not need to read hundreds of surgical sponges at once, Vega notes, it does need to interrogate HF tags in close proximity to each other. The ILT, he says, will provide superior reading performance in those situations.
Another potential application for the chip is in file-tracking systems, wherein tightly packed, RFID-tagged documents and folders must be read. NXP says it is also well suited for tracking pharmaceuticals, using an electronic-pedigree system, or for authenticating high-value products or those prone to counterfeiting.
The Icode ILT has a 96-bit TID and can hold an EPC of up to 240 bits. A higher-memory version, known as the ICODE ILT-M, will also be made available, with a 96-bit TID, up to 240 bits of EPC memory and 512 bits of user memory.
NXP is currently shipping samples of the G2iM, G2iM+ and UCODE I2C chips to select partners, and expects to make them widely available in the second and third quarter of 2011, respectively. The firm currently has engineering samples of the ICODE ILT, and plans to make the final product available by the end of this year. The company is not releasing pricing information.
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