RFID ICs extend read range and material choices
Claimed to be the world’s smallest inlay MiniWeb, and DogBone inlay, Smartrac has used NXP’s UCODE 8 RAIN RFID ICs. MiniWeb and DogBone leverage the IC’s extended read range and usability in light dielectric materials such as cardboard or plastic boxes. MiniWeb and DogBone are both IoT-ready for retail and logistics applications.
Smartrac’s Belt inlays have used NXP’s UCODE 8 ICs since July. The ICs are claimed to enable superior read distances and faster inventory counts for high volumes of items. The IC features a self adjust function that optimises its sensitivity to achieve maximum performance in different environments. UCODE 8 also has an integrated brand identifier function and a memory safeguard system.
The UCODE 8 RAIN RFID IC offers best-in-class RF performance and enables exceptionally fast and accurate inventory of dense RFID tag populations,” claims Markus Staeblein, vice president and general manager for Secure Mobility and Retail at NXP.
Like all applicable transponder products manufactured by Smartrac, MiniWeb and DogBone with NXP UCODE 8 also benefit from the capabilities of Smart Cosmos, Smartrac’s internet of things (IoT) platform, which records and manages a complete set of unique transponder data (e.g. UID number, order number, batch number or yield) at production level in a controlled and secure way. Smart Cosmos enables full traceability of delivered RFID products.
Smartrac MiniWeb has passed ARC categories I and K requirements for ETSI retail performance, as defined by the RFID Research Center of the University of Auburn. Category I indicates the product is suitable for applications such as home goods and merchandising areas with a greater demand of RF performance than typical retail apparel applications. MiniWeb has a die-cut size of 45 x 18mm (1.7 x 0.7-inch), while DogBone has a die-cut size of 97 x 27mm (3.8 x 1.1-inch).
Both RFID products will be offered in paper tag, dry or wet inlay format and are available in high-volume quantities by Q4/2018.