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UHF RFID reader IC claims 'lowest' power draw, BOM

Posted: 15 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:UHF RFID? handheld reader?


austriamicrosystems has announced that its new AS3990 UHF RFID "Simply Gen2" Reader Chip has been incorporated in Advanced ID Asia's latest handheld reader, the PR110.

The PR110 offers 100mW output power, a 5dBi gain circular antenna as well as battery operation. Advanced ID's new product is built around austriamicrosystems' AS3990 UHF "Simply Gen2" reader chip, co-developed with IDS, which is the first in a line of a low-power, low-cost, integrated reader solutions, positioned to make their customers' lives easier through the integration of key elements while retaining flexibility.

"Advanced ID has demonstrated effective performance with their products," says Kambiz Hayat-Dawoodi, manager wireless business line at austriamicrosystems. "Their implementation of the AS3990 convinced us of their capability to optimize for low power, long range and at low cost for portable applications."

Advanced ID CEO Gottfried Auer added, "With austriamicrosystems' AS3990 we got the chance to have high commonality in our different concepts covering all the applications from short range to long range. This results in a highly competitive product line which will be completed in the next few months. We are impressed by our partnership with austriamicrosystems as their excellent technology supported by a highly motivated, flexible and competent team made it easy to reach our common goals."

austriamicrosystems' AS3990 is a single-chip, Gen 2 UHF Reader IC. Targeted at power/cost-sensitive applications, the AS3990 claims the industry's lowest power consumption and lowest BOM. It includes a Gen 2 protocol engine for fast time to market, and is available with an integrated power amplifier to further reduce the BOM. The AS3990's unique programmable features enable a single device that is worldwide shippable. Its simplicity is emphasized with only 32 registers to enable full RF, filtering, and protocol control, while maintaining ease in implementation.

The AS3990 is available in QFN 64 9mm x 9mm package and is specified for 0C to 70C.

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