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Low-power UHF RFID readers trim BOM

Posted: 22 Oct 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:UHF RFID reader? wireless application? power amplifier?


austriamicrosystems, in partnership with BeeDar Technology, has unveiled the latest BDUR-002 mid-range UHF RFID reader. This is the first in a range of EPC Class 1 UHF Gen 2 readers by BeeDar, all of which will incorporate the low power, low cost AS3990 UHF RFID "Simply Gen2" reader IC.

The AS3990 and AS3991 UHF RFID Gen 2 reader ICs, co-developed with IDS, are 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 whilst retaining flexibility.

The AS3990/91 "Simply Gen 2" is a single chip, EPC Class 1 Gen 2 UHF reader IC. Targeted for power-and cost-sensitive applications, the AS3990 sports the industry's lowest power consumption and lowest cost BOM. It includes an EPC Class 1 Gen 2 protocol engine for fast time to market, and is available with an integrated power amplifier to further reduce the BOM. Its unique programmable features enable a single product device that can be shipped world wide. Its simplicity is emphasized with only 32 registers to enable full RF, filtering and protocol control, while maintaining ease of implementation.

"BeeDar's development of UHF Gen 2 readers for the complete spectrum of applications aligns with the ability of the AS3990/91 to meet all requirements from short to long range reader solutions," says Kambiz Hayat-Dawoodi, business manager wireless at austriamicrosystems.

"Our alliance with austriamicrosystems strengthens our commitment to a low power and low cost RFID reader market that fulfils the current demands of the RFID industry," added Tony Saye, president and CEO of BeeDar. "Complementing austriamicrosystems' AS3990 reader chip, our new BDUR-002 reader is the second in a series of forthcoming readers with a variety of interfaces including USB, TCP/IP, Weigand, I?C, UART, and RS232C, which provide easy integration with host systems."

The AS3990 and AS3991 are available in a QFN 64 9mm x 9mm package and is specified for -45C to 85C.

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