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AVR RFID demo kit suits tracking apps

Posted: 17 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RFID evaluation kit? RFID tags? RFID solution?

Atmel Corp. has released the ATA2270-EK1125-kHz RFID demo kit, which enables the evaluation and prototyping of the company's portfolio of LF IDICs used in a broad range of RFID applications including access control, industrial automation, loyalty cards, anti-counterfeiting, and animal identification. The stand-alone kit is designed for the evaluation and customization of RFID solutions without requiring advanced knowledge of RF engineering.

Read/write capabilities
The ATA2270-EK1 includes several IDIC transponder samples such as the ATA5567 and ATA5570 read/write ISO card devices for contactless identification, the TK5530 read-only transponder, the ATA5567 coin tag, and other read/write IDIC micromodules. A reader unit using Atmel's read/write base station IC, the U2270B, in conjunction with Atmel's ATmega128 AVR Flash microcontroller, an antenna, and a power supply with international adapters complete the kit. An on-board joystick, LCD, and control buttons enable easy user interaction with the RFID system without requiring an additional connected PC.

In addition, the kit offers an easy way to test the capabilities and characteristics of Atmel's LF RFID tags, allowing engineers effective identification of the most suitable RFID solution. The kit also supports both read-only and read-write IDICs, including the e5530/TK5530, T5551/TK5551, ATA5567 (T5557), ATA5570, ATA5577, and ATA5558 from Atmel. The LCD displays the data content of the IDICs and routines included in the AVR software can be used to test the features of Atmel's chips.

Animal tagging, tracking
The kit is also suitable for evaluation of animal tagging and tracking applications. By exchanging the antenna tuning components, the kit can be tuned to 134.2kHz, which is required for animal tagging analysis. A special routine included in the AVR software enables data to be read and written in accordance with ISO standards 11784 and 11785. The ATA2270-EK1 will also support Atmel's next generation of IDIC products.

With the inclusion of unrestricted source code and Gerber schematics, the ATA2270-EK1 provides a unique prototyping environment for low-cost turnkey solutions, allowing users to develop, implement, and test system-level designs. The ATA2270-EK1 is supported by all the standard AVR development tools such as AVR Studio, STK500, JTAGICE mkII, etc.

Samples of the ATA2270-EK1 evaluation kit are available. Pricing starts at $299 per unit.




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