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Malaysia develops 'smallest' RFID chip

Posted: 13 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Malaysia Microchip Project? Malaysia Microchip? RFID chip?

After two years of R&D, the Malaysia Microchip Project gains success with the release of the world's 'smallest' RFID microchip. The latest version of the Malaysia Microchip measures only 0.7mm-by-0.7mm.

In 2003, the Malaysian government bought the technology and the rights to design, manufacture and market the chip from Japan's FEC Inc. Following that, three versions of the chip have been developed.

The microchip emits radio waves on multiple frequencies, enabling detection even when embedded in paper documents such as money, or in objects or animals.

The first commercial application of the technology in Malaysia is for tagging and identifying original versions of movies on DVDs to curb the rampant video piracy in the country. The Malaysia government will also use the chip to prevent forgeries of documents such as passports and birth certificates.

In April or May, the technology will be used for a pilot project at Malaysia's and Hong Kong's international airports. The chip will be used in tagging luggage travelling between the two airports. This will help easily locate luggage lost or removed from airplanes as well as boost security services in the airports.

The development of the chip cost around $50-60 million. It costs 6 cents each. At present, the chip is manufactured in Japan but there are plans to move the production to Malaysia.

Officials said that they will market the chip internationally. At present, "inquiries are coming in" from countries about the chip, they added.

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