San Jose--April 22, 1998--Atmel Corp. (San Jose) announced the introduction of an asset identification chip, the AT24RF08, which allows identification of configuration and/or components within a computer from an outside reader. Additionally, this new asset identification chip will help customers prevent the unauthorized movement of assets from their company.
The asset identification chip contains 8,192 bits of EEPROM memory and both a wireless and a two-wire serial interface that is compatible with standard serial EEPROM memories. The device only requires the addition of a coil antenna and tuning capacitor for communication and does not require that the PC be powered on. In addition, a number of security and access protection features to prevent unauthorized memory access are available.
This industry-first asset identification capability makes use of a programmable radio-frequency integrated device (RFID) developed by Atmel in collaboration with IBM Corp. and HID Corp. When a computer or other electronic system with the chip on-board is within range of a portable or fixed reader, the device generates a signal. This signal reports system information as well as other identification and security data that has been stored in the device. Programmability of the device results from the inclusion, on chip, of a nonvolatile EEPROM memory device. Asset ID is hardware and software technology that permits communication between asset identification-enabled PCs and access control systems using RFID technology.
The new Atmel chip is available to manufacturers of all capital equipment and could prevent the unauthorized movement of items such as telecommunications devices, printers, fax machines, as well as test and instrumentation equipment. The device is geared toward user logs, maintenance records, manufacturing history, passwords, and other information storage. When used for asset control or identification, it can track a piece of equipment if removed from a building or area. Security measures commence if appropriate identification data is not presented. The device can thus be used for inventory control.
The AT24RF08 is available in an 8-pin small outline package (SOIC). Prices for the AT24RF08 start at $1.99 for quantities of 1,000 units. Samples and technical information are available now from Atmel.
San Jose, Calif.
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