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Anadigm rolls 'universal' RFID reader

Posted: 02 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:anadigm? rangemaster? universal reader? radio frequency identification? rfid?

Anadigm Inc. touts its RangeMaster devices to be the industry's first solution that allows system vendors to design and maintain a single "universal" reader than can be customized to read different radio frequency identification (RFID) tag types, with different modulation schemes and frequencies.

RangeMaster is a two-chip solution that uses a customized Field Programmable Analog Array (FPAA) together with an RFID State Machine, enabling system designers to develop an RFID tag reader that can support multiple protocols and frequencies for universal fixed readers, portable/handheld readers, combination bar code and RFID reader/scanners. By allowing standardization around a single PCB to support multiple end products and markets, Anadigm said, RangeMaster simplifies and improves product development.

The RangeMaster allows EPC2 frequency pair decoding or selectable single frequency decoding, and fully supports EPC Global Gen 1 and Gen 2 (class 0, 1, 2) and ISO18000-6 standards. It also provides anti-saturation control and can extract all data frequencies from DC to 800kHz, and selected frequencies up to 3MHz.

"Shipments of RFID readers for product identification and inventory management technology are projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of greater than 50 percent over the next four years," said Bill McLean, CEO of Anadigm. "By bringing programmable analog technology to this market, Anadigm is providing a flexible solution that provides higher levels of integration at a substantially reduced cost."

Prices for the RangeMaster solution starts at $10.25 in 10,000-piece quantities, with samples already available.

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