In a move that could aid the packaging industry in its efforts to move existing barcodes to RFID, at a reasonable cost, Philips Research has created a fully functional 13.56 MHz RFID tag based entirely on plastic electronics. In contrast to conventional silicon-chip-based RFID tags, the plastic electronics RFID chip can be printed directly onto a plastic substrate along with an antenna without involving complex assembly steps.
As an additional demonstration of the technology, scientists at Philips Research have also developed a 64-bit code generator, showing the practicality of building plastic electronic circuits with the complexity required for item-level tagging.
"The realization of plastic RFID tags that operate at 13.56 MHz is a precursor for wide-scale market acceptance in the coming years", says Dr. Leo Warmerdam, senior director at Philips Research. "To speed up commercialization of our technology we will explore co-development options with third parties".
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