Are There Any Passive RFID Tags for Tracking Electronic Equipment?

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Ask The ExpertsAre There Any Passive RFID Tags for Tracking Electronic Equipment?
RFID Journal Staff asked 8 years ago

Could the technology monitor computer motherboards? And could it be non-conductive and operate in environments with temperatures greater than 50 degrees?

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Yes. Murata‘s Magicstrap is designed specifically for this type of application (see New Component to Simplify RFID Tag Production). You can meet representatives from Murata at this year’s RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition, being held in Orlando, Fla., on Apr. 8-10.

In addition, both NXP Semiconductors and Impinj have introduced RFID transponders for consumer electronics that can be embedded in a device’s printed circuit board (PCB). Each chip has an I2C serial bus that links to a microcontroller or central processing unit via a wired connection. This enables new applications, such as the ability to lock a device after it has been manufactured. To unlock the device, a retailer would transmit a command to the transponder, which would then pass the unlocking code on to the CPU. NXP and Impinj will both be exhibiting at LIVE! as well.

Here are two articles that might be of interest:

Schneider Electric Lays Groundwork for Tracking Circuit Boards via RFID
The solution involves the installation of an EPC Gen 2 RFID chip directly onto the printed circuit boards that Schneider incorporates into its products, with the board’s ground plain serving as a tag antenna.

Electronics Factory Uses RFID to Manage Assembly of Cisco Circuit Boards
The system, which has improved production efficiency, is the result of a combined effort between Cisco Systems and Jabil, the company that assembles its products.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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