Murata launched a compact, cost-effective UHF RFID reader/writer module that the manufacturer claims to be 80% smaller in volume than competing solutions on the market. Measuring just 23x13x 2.8mm, the reader/writer module can easily be incorporated into the next generation of mobile devices and portable RFID readers.
The unit operates in the 860-960MHz frequency range with an output level of +17dBm. The module features UART, SPI and I2C interfaces, it operates from a 3.6V supply and draws 800mA maximum.
“This drastic size reduction is the first step to expand UHF RFID services beyond logistics, enabling new consumer services based on mobile phones that would integrate UHF RFID” commented Alexander Schmoldt, in charge of business development for Europe at Murata. The company hopes to be able to shrink this module to 13x13mm by the end of 2010.
Murata also reduced the size of its close-coupling Magicstrap UHF RFID solution that requires no external antenna and allows manufacturers to effectively reduce the size of a close-coupled UHF RFID tag to 3.2×1.6mm.
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