RFID News Roundup

2022-12-05 01:16:29 By : Ms. Anna Xu

iDTronic intros industrial handheld RFID reader for access control; STMicroelectronics receives EMVCo certification for payment platform; CAEN RFID expands reader module family; Sony Semiconductor Israel launches cellular IoT chipset.

Dec 01, 2022 Presented here are recent news announcements in the radio frequency identification and Internet of Things industries. Android Scanner 2d

RFID News Roundup

iDTronic has announced its LEGIC Mobile–C9 RED handheld RFID reader, designed for access management in industrial environments. The device supports the LEGIC RF standard, the company reports, and provides full read and write access for all LEGIC Prime and Advant transponders and tags. An integrated SM4200 chip allows the handheld computer to read unique IDs with MIFARE chip-type Classic, Mini, DESFireEV1, Plus S/X, Pro X, Smart MX and Ultralight.

According to iDTronic, the reader is intended for use in access management within large production or retail companies, allowing employee or visitor badges with integrated LEGIC RF and MIFARE chips to be read reliably. The integrated LEGIC function offers the option of writing individual UIDs on the chip. An Arm Cortex A73 2.0 GHz Octa-core processor with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB ROM storage (optional: 4 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM) provides a battery life of up to eight hours. The reader comes with a desktop mode and can be operated on various monitors, industrial PCs or industrial panels.

The LEGIC Mobile–C9 RED is suitable for construction site management processes, the company reports. An IP65 housing offers protection against sand or water, and it can withstand extreme temperature fluctuations ranging from -20 degrees to +50 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees to +122 degrees Fahrenheit). The handheld computer can thus collect, extract and analyze valid data in extreme and remote environments. It comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with an auto-focus lens and LED flash, as well as a 5-megapixel front camera, enabling damage reports to be quickly documented and captured.

Integrated wireless communication capabilities include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, and the device can transmit acquired data via high-speed data communication. The mobile reader utilizes Near Field Communication for access control at events or trade fairs. The reader identifies valid transponders, tags or paper RFID chips at a maximum reading range of 5 centimeters (2 inches), and each ticket can be assigned an individual user number using the LEGIC function. Misuse of counterfeit tickets or passports is immediately detected by the reader, with access denied.

Optionally, the LEGIC Mobile–C9 RED is available with an integrated Honeywell barcode reader, enabling tickets with barcodes or QR codes to be read as well. All common symbologies are supported, including PDF417, MicroPDF417, Composite, RSS, TLC-39, Datamatrix, QR code, Micro QR code, Aztec, MaxiCode, Postal Codes, US PostNet, US Planet, UK Postal, Australian Postal, nJapan Postal and Dutch Postal.

STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor company for electronics applications, has completed EMVCo certification for its STPay-Topaz-Bio biometric payment card platform. This certification confirms the platform's security and interoperability with payment systems. Mastercard and Visa payment schemes certifications are expected by early 2023, the company reports.

"Card issuers everywhere can now take advantage of our certified STPay platform to deliver new products to market quickly, protected by biometric authentication that is extremely robust as well as easy to use," said Laurent Degauque, the marketing director of STMicroelectronics' Secure Microcontroller Division, in a prepared statement. "The secure element IC that anchors this solution leverages our expertise in hardware security for computing and Internet of Things (IoT) applications and is built for contact and contactless transactions."

ST's ST31N600 secure element IC provides defenses for card-payment applications and sensitive processes. These include biometric template matching for cardholder authentication, which uses software libraries developed with Fingerprint Cards AB. The ST31N600 runs a secure OS and the latest Arm SecurCore architecture for secure microcontrollers. Designers can introduce value-added card features by securely connecting various types of peripherals.

STPay-Topaz-Bio is co-packaged with ST's STM32L443 ultra-low-power general-purpose microcontroller, in a module compliant with the EMV specifications. The STM32L443 handles non-sensitive aspects, including managing the card's fingerprint sensor module. It features energy harvesting for batteryless operation, and it meets the EMV ISO 7816 and 14443 standards for contact and contactless cards.

CAEN RFID has announced the release of its Lepton9 RAIN RFID reader modules series, based on the latest Impinj E910 chip. As an Impinj Gold Partner, CAEN RFID is an early adopter of the new reader chips.

The Lepton9 series includes the Lepton9 SMD module, a compact module for automatic manufacturing process; the Lepton9x1, with MOLEX data and power connector and a single MMCX antenna connector; and the Lepton9x4, with MOLEX data and power connector and four MMCX antenna connectors. The Lepton9 series will join CAEN RFID's modules based on Impinj's Ex10, which include the Lepton3 and Lepton7 series.

The Lepton9 modules can reach a maximum output power of 30dBm and -90dBm receive sensitivity, the company reports. This, according to CAEN RFID, makes them suitable for demanding RFID reading applications.

Sony Semiconductor Israel (formerly Altair Semiconductor), a provider of cellular IoT chipsets, has announced its ALT1350 cellular LTE-M/NB-IoT solution. The new product, according to the company, enables additional LPWA communication protocols and satellite connectivity in a single chipset. The ALT1350's eDRX standby mode reduces power consumption by 80 percent compared to the current generation, Sony reports, and by 85 percent when sending short messages. Overall improvements in the system's power consumption are expected to quadruple the battery life for a typical device, enabling additional functionalities and use cases with smaller batteries.

Sub-GHz and 2.4 GHz integrated transceivers enable hybrid connectivity for smart meters, smart cities, trackers and other devices. This boosts coverage, reduces costs and decreases power consumption, while utilizing the IEEE 802.15.4-based protocols, such as Wi-Sun, U-Bus Air and wM-Bus, in additional point-to-point and mesh technologies. ALT1350 incorporates a sensor hub to collect data while maintaining ultra-low power consumption. It provides cellular and Wi-Fi-based positioning, as well as power-optimized concurrent LTE and GNSS to accommodate various tracking applications, the company indicates.

The chipset supports utilities, vehicles, tracking devices, smart cities, connected health and other vertical markets. It features low power consumption, a long battery life, a Release 15 LTE-M/NB-IoT software stack, and future compatibility with 3GPP release 17, ensuring longevity and that the ALT1350 will operate with 5G networks. The system contains an additional LPWA radio transceiver with targeting operation in the <1 GHz and 2.4 ISM bands for universal connectivity options.

The chipset provides on-the-edge low-power processing capabilities, including data collection and low-power data processing based on artificial intelligence and machine learning, enabling IoT applications on the chip. The ALT1350 includes a secure element for application usage and an integrated subscriber identity module, designed for PP-0117 to meet GSMA requirements. The device is now sampling to lead customers, Sony reports, and it is expected to be made commercially available next year.

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