Socionext, Techsor and ZiFiSense launch next generation Cloud Tag

Socionext, ZiFiSense and Techsor have announced joint development of the IC SC1330, designed for ZETag, a next generation Cloud Tag that uses Zeta communication protocol. The SC1330 incorporates signal processing unit which supports Advanced M-FSK modulation method, next-generation Zeta standard, and digital circuits including Risc-V CPU and various interfaces, into a single chip to achieve small size, high functionality, performance and quality. Socionext plans to start volume production of the SC1330 in 2022.

The Advanced M-FSK modulation is a new communication standard developed by ZiFiSense. With its enhanced error tolerance and high radio wave utilisation efficiency, it is claimed it can achieve a communication speed (bps) three times faster than typical LPWA methods at the same sensitivity. At the same communication speed (bps), the sensitivity (dBm) can improve up to 5.3dB. It allows communication over a distance of 3km to 5km from an object moving at 120km/h. ZETag uses this feature for applications that cannot be handled by conventional active RFID tags. One potential application is to attach the tags to parcels loaded on a transport vehicle and track the parcels by communicating with access points installed at highway interchanges and other locations.

The SC1330 CPU, various external interface functions and signal processing units have been integrated into a single chip solution fitting in a 4mm x 4mm package. The new IC is expected to help reduce the size and number of components needed for tag products.

Socionext plans to start volume production of the SC1330 in 2022. ZiFiSense will start to ship ZETag products using SC1330 in the same year.

ZiFiSense is working with Zeta ecosystem partners China Tower Corporation and China Transport Telecommunications & Information Centre to build a Zeta network infrastructure across China to enable active traceability of parcel. ZiFiSense is providing mail tracing services for China Post Group Corporation throughout Guangxi Province. SC1330 will play an important role in a large logistics network across China.

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