Anadigm reveals new chips for universal UHF RFID tag reader systems
RangeMaster two-chip solution is an industry first to enable a customizable "Universal" RFID reader system.
Tempe, ArizonaAnadigm announced the immediate availability of RangeMaster, the industry's first solution that allows system vendors to design and maintain a single "universal" reader that can be customized to read different radio frequency identification (RFID) tag types, with different modulation schemes and frequencies.
The two-chip set fully supports EPC Global Gen 1 and Gen 2 (class 0, 1, 2) and ISO18000-6 standards. It is the first in a family of RFID reader solutions that are being developed for the rapidly expanding RFID markets.
RFID technology has the potential to revolutionize markets as diverse as retail sales - by eliminating the check-out line and controlling inventory - to ensuring that your luggage gets on the right airplane.
RangeMaster is a two-chip solution that uses a customized Field Programmable Analog Array (FPAA) in conjunction with an RFID State Machine, enabling system designers to develop a universal RFID tag reader that can support multiple protocols and frequencies for universal fixed readers, portable/handheld readers, combination bar code and RFID reader/scanners. By allowing standardization around a single printed circuit board to support multiple end products and markets, RangeMaster simplifies and improves product development. This allows customers building RFID tag readers to greatly reduce their time to market, and offer a lower total cost of ownership.
Since this solution is based on programmable technology, it allows for innovative system design. For example, the gain in the analog front-end of the RFID reader can be adjusted to optimize the tag read range. The reader can be calibrated at the customer site to eliminate background interferences, such as fluorescent lighting. RangeMaster allows EPC2 frequency pair decoding or selectable single frequency decoding. The chipset also provides anti-saturation control and can extract all data frequencies from DC to 800 kHz, and selected frequencies up to 3 MHz.
"Shipments of RFID readers for product identification and inventory management technology are projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of greater than 50% over the next four years," said Bill McLean, CEO of Anadigm. "By bringing programmable analog technology to this market, Anadigm is providing a flexible solution that provides higher levels of integration at a substantially reduced cost."
The RangeMaster pricing starts at $10.25 each in 10,000-piece quantities. Samples are available now. Click here for more information on FPAA.
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