Low-cost RFID ICs bring flexible electronics to everyday objects
Cost-effective digital traceability and interactivity can be introduced to everyday objects with the ConnectIC family of flexible RFID circuits, says PragmatIC.
The flexible IC company introduces the first products in the ConnectIC family, the PR1101 and PR1102 flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs). They are designed for use in closed high frequency, radio frequency identification (HF RFID) systems. The company expects the ConnectIC family to accelerate the smart packaging market.
They FlexICs have been developed using PragmatIC’s patented technologies and the ConnectICs are claimed to deliver connectivity at the lowest cost point in the market. These FlexICs are thin and flexible, making them suitable for embedding into a range of substrates, including paper and plastic. They reduce the complexity of inlays by using single layer antennae, which further reduces the cost to brand owners and retailers.
The ConnectICs can be used for high volume, fast moving consumer goods (FMCGs) and other mass market applications; PragmatIC believes they mean that electronic connectivity no longer limited to high value, luxury items.
The PR1100 is designed for proximity identification, with rapid detection of objects when one or more low-cost custom readers are integrated into the system. They can be used for hierarchical inventory management, item identification and tracking, supply chain assurance and brand authentication. They are targeted at market segments such as food and beverage, personal and home care, pharmaceutical and healthcare. They also support the introduction of digital interactivity into physical toys and games.
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