SAN FRANCISCO—Brazilian analog ASSP vendor Ceitec SA said Wednesday (Oct. 20) it signed a contract with a Brazilian government-backed company to develop an RFID chip for tracking and managing blood bags to help to ensure traceability and safety of blood management.
Ceitec (Porto Alegre, Brazil) said it hopes to complete the chip design in the third quarter of 2011. The development of the chip will be funded by Ceitec, the Brazilian Development Bank and Hemobras, a government-backed company that produces plasma and other products from human blood.
Ceitec said it would provide a complete solution to Hemobras, developing and manufacturing the chip at its design center in Porto Alegre. The company said it would partner with other companies when necessary to provide the final product that will be deliver to Hemobras.
Last year, Ceitec introduced its first product, an RFID device is for cattle identification in Brazil's agribusiness market.