LONDON – Analog chip company Austriamicrosystems AG and Dutch company NXP Semiconductors NV have announced that they have developed a reference design for product authentication in embedded consumer applications.
The design incorporates the AS399x UHF RFID Reader IC from Austriamicrosystems (Unterpremstatten, Austria) and the G2iL microcontroller from NXP (Eindhoven, The Netherlands).
The design is aimed at applications such as vacuum cleaner bags, water filters, and beverage concentrates where authentication of consumables plays an important role, according to Austriamicrosystems. The RFID technology could be used to help log when a non-authentic consumable is used and support the equipment manufacturer's option to void a customer's warranty.
The authentification system requires little external code and offers password protected features, privacy commands and anti-tampering functions.
"The cost versus performance considerations for embedded applications in consumer products mean that we are the only real choice on the market at the moment," said Kambiz Dawoodi general manager of consumer and communications for austriamicrosystems. "This collaboration with NXP means we now can also provide a solution with the most competitive tag silicon on the market."
"Such RFID-enabled authentication of consumable products leads to revenue, brand and end-user protection," said. Chris Feige, NXP's general manager for tagging and authentication, in the same statement.