Press Release Summary:
Using customized field programmable analog array in conjunction with RFID State Machine, RangeMaster(TM) allows users to design and maintain one universal reader that can be customized to read various RFID tag types with different modulation schemes and frequencies. It fully supports EPC Global Gen 1 and Gen 2 (class 0, 1, 2) and ISO18000-6 standards. Able to be calibrated on-site, unit allows EPC2 frequency pair decoding or selectable single frequency decoding.
Original Press Release:
Anadigm® Reveals New Chips for Universal UHF RFID Tag Reader Systems
RangeMaster(TM) Two-chip Solution is an Industry First to Enable a Customizable "Universal" RFID Reader System
Tempe, Arizona (USA) - May 31, 2005 - Anadigm® today announced the immediate availability of RangeMaster(TM) - the industry's first solution that allows system vendors to design and maintain a single "universal" reader that can be customized to read different radio frequency identification (RFID) tag types, with different modulation schemes and frequencies. RangeMaster(TM) fully supports EPC Global Gen 1 and Gen 2 (class 0, 1, 2) and ISO18000-6 standards. RangeMaster(TM) is the first in a family of RFID reader solutions that Anadigm is developing for the rapidly expanding RFID markets. RFID technology has the potential to revolutionize markets as diverse as retail sales - by eliminating the check-out line and controlling inventory - to ensuring that your luggage gets on the right airplane.
RangeMaster(TM) is a two-chip solution that uses a customized Field Programmable Analog Array (FPAA) in conjunction with an RFID State Machine, enabling system designers to develop a universal RFID tag reader that can support multiple protocols and frequencies for Universal Fixed Readers, Portable/Handheld Readers, Combination Bar Code and RFID Reader/Scanners. By allowing standardization around a single printed circuit board to support multiple end products and markets, RangeMaster simplifies and improves product development. This allows customers building RFID tag readers to greatly reduce their time to market, and offer a lower total cost of ownership.
Since this solution is based on programmable technology, it allows for innovative system design. For example, the gain in the analog front-end of the RFID reader can be adjusted to optimize the tag read range. The reader can be calibrated at the customer site to eliminate background interferences, such as fluorescent lighting. RangeMaster allows EPC2 frequency pair decoding or selectable single frequency decoding. The chipset also provides anti-saturation control and can extract all data frequencies from DC to 800 kHz, and selected frequencies up to 3 MHz.
"Shipments of RFID readers for product identification and inventory management technology are projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of greater than 50% over the next four years," said Bill McLean, CEO of Anadigm. "By bringing programmable analog technology to this market, Anadigm is providing a flexible solution that provides higher levels of integration at a substantially reduced cost."
Prices for the RangeMaster solution starts at US$10.25 in 10,000-piece quantities, with samples available now. For additional information, go to www.anadigm.com.
Anadigm® brings platform-based design to the analog world with pre-qualified software and hardware components that allow complex analog circuits to be implemented in an analog equivalent to the FPGA. Designed to implement signal conditioning, filtering, data acquisition, closed-loop control, and other analog functions in a wide range of embedded systems, Anadigm® FPAAs are the first programmable analog ICs that can adapt on the fly to perform multiple functions, adjust to different environmental conditions, or compensate for aging equipment. Founded in January 2000 as a venture-backed technology spin-off from Motorola, Anadigm® maintains U.S. headquarters in Tempe, Ariz. And European headquarters in Crewe, UK. For further information, visit Anadigm® on the Web at www.anadigm.com.
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