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UHF RFID reader includes USB interface

Posted: 02 Apr 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:UHF reader? RFID? USB? interface?


austriamicrosystems and IE Technology Ltd (IET) have released the IET RU-210u, mid-range (up to 2.5m), fixed UHF RFID reader, with USB and serial interface.

The companies leveraged austriamicrosystems' AS3990/91 "Simply Gen 2," a single chip, EPC Class 1 Gen 2 UHF reader IC, which includes an EPC Class 1 Gen 2 protocol engine and is available with an integrated power amplifier to further reduce BOM. The Gen 2 UHF reader IC provides the high level of integration, low power consumption and low BOM cost.

The AS3990/also 91 enables a fast time to market for customers, like IE Technology, by allowing them to focus more time on their unique IP and less time on a Gen 2 implementation. The AS3990/91's programmable features enable a single stock-keeping unit that is world-wide shippable. Its simplicity is emphasized with only 32 registers to enable full RF, filtering, and protocol control, while maintaining flexibility and versatility.

The RU-210u UHF RFID reader, with USB interface, is well-suited for logistics, manufacturing and retail applications. It is already proven in closed loop pallet and crate tracking systems in several Asian markets.

"To have a product ready in only 7 weeks after receiving the samples, demo kit and reference design, like IE Technology did, was very impressive" commented Kambiz Hayat-Dawoodi, general manager standard linear and wireless at austriamicrosystems. "Our customers, like IE Technology enjoy the stability and security provided by austriamicrosystems in challenging times," he added.

"We at IET are working closely with our customers to find dynamic and flexible solutions. In some applications like Food Traceability and Asset Tracking, we needed a custom-made UHF RFID reader with special features. With austriamicrosystems' AS3990 reader chip, we can speed up the duration for launching new models from four months to only seven weeks. This will help us to serve and satisfy our customers' needs, which is our primary objective", said Apiwat Thongprasert, business development manager at IET.

The AS3990/91 is available in QFN 64 9mm x 9mm package and is specified for 0 to 70C.

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