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Vietnamese lab commercialises locally designed RFID chips

Posted: 18 Aug 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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The Integrated Circuit Design Research and Education Centre (ICDREC) under the Vietnam National University C HCM City has successfully developed and commercialised its high-frequency RFID (radio-frequency identification) chip.

Vietnam has a huge demand for RFID application, but the country is highly dependent on imported RFID chips and devices, which prevents it from creating high value addition, Viet Nam News reported.

Vietnam consumes more than 20 billion chips every year, according to ICDREC.

The English paper quoted ICDREC Director Ngo Duc Hoang as saying, "With RFID chips, RFID reader and management software, the system designed by ICDREC automates the personal access control procedure, secures public properties, collects necessary data for analyses and improves human management procedures."

Young engineers at ICDREC and other universities have proven their determination in researching and designing the RFID chips and application systems, Hoang said, adding that the new products meet not only the needs of Vietnam but also its neighbours.

Hoang also emphasised that the project aims to commercialise the locally designed RFID chips and devices for use in many different applications.

ICDREC also revealed the results of a 2011 research project that aimed to design and manufacture RFID chips, tags, readers and application systems. It received funding worth $6.6 million, including $5.6 million from the Ministry of Science and Technology.

The said project concentrated on developing two types of 32bit chips. One is targeted at payment and access control cards operating in the high-frequency band, while the other is for cargo and packages operating in the HF band.

Nguyen Quan, minister of Science and Technology, said that the project received the biggest research funding from the ministry.

ICDREC research

Recently, VietNet signed a contract with Japanese firm Shoei to develop and commercialise products based on research by ICDREC.

In 2010, ICDREC developed the VN16-32 chip based on IBM's 0.13?m technology. This is part of a RISC chip design and creation project funded by the ministry since 2007. The chip meets the demand of complex control systems that require high speed, such as telecommunication equipment, image processors, mobile phones, and data encoders and decoders.

ICDREC has integrated the chip into the mini picture frames and product design for DE VN 16-32 experimental kit for research and education purposes.

- Stephen Padilla

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