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Protecting brand aesthetics When used in consumer electronics goods, the UCODE I2C chip removes the burden of finding a way to apply an RFID tag to the product’s exterior without compromising aesthetics. an integrated RFID solution allows for streamlined designs that can do away with conventional bar-labels, etched serial numbers or the need to open devices to ac- cess internal bar codes, protecting products from both damage and tampering. Based on passive UHF RFID standards, data can be read or written wirelessly into the memory of the tag using a standard UHF reader, even while the device or appliance is switched off. Practically, this means that an electronics product can be configured for different languages and markets, or personalized while packed in the factory sealed t carton – this includes importing gift certificates and even personalized messages/ u eCards for that special touch. sp By removing the need to configure products during assembly or requiring power, rt OEMs can realize significant savings in manufacturing and logistics costs by respond- eu ing precisely to regional, seasonal, model and customer demand. rOt Theft protection vCe The UCODE I2C can be configured such that if the device in which it is embedded – Dn for example, a motherboard – is tampered with, the chip can report a breach, along with its unique identification during its next RF transmission. Thisfeature would help root out oV fraudulent activity such as the practice of purchasing high-value electronics, swapping C0 out the original components for lower-grade versions – or even replacing them with dead weight rather than electronics – then returning the product while it’s under war- C0 0 ranty and selling the original, high-value components on the black market. D, the technology can also help retailers authenticate legitimate returns, making war- -0 ranty processing and product returns easier and more accurate. In these scenarios, the C1 retailer would use the embedded RFID tag to identify a product that is returned, either D for repair or as a product return or exchange. Once the tag number is captured, the o retailer can use it to access the original sales record and warranty, removing any doubt t as to whether the product was legitimately obtained. V On-board security 2 The features and functions of the UCODE I2C offer all the basic EPC Gen 2 capabili- ties, including password protection and cloaked viewing for instances where data is not • Over 2500 Std. DC-DC intended for public viewing. In addition, it offers added features such as a status flag Converters bit, used in combination with an RFID security system to trigger an alarm if an item is • Surface Mount removed from a store without being purchased. Furthermore, the UCODE I2C chip is the • From 2V to 10,000 VDC foundation of an EPC Gen 2 / ISO 18000-6c tag accepted worldwide and compatible Output with existing gen 2 infrastructure. • 1-300 Watt Modules • Isolated/Regulated/ Mifare NFC mini reader USB development platform Avraigrblmmable ModelseaaloP Elatec RFID systems has released a UsB development platform for its Mifare NFC • Military Upgrades Available Mini Reader (13.56MHz) that allows OEMs and system integratorsto quickly and • Custom Models, Consult simply integrate the compact RFID reader/writer unit into a proprietary application. Factory an integrated high frequency antenna. the device See fullicotaloctimmedi.celmyotascinorgeleaCp.wwwhe Mifare NFC Mini Reader is a compact, low- t cost reader/writer unit measuring 33x30mm with is particularly well-suited for mobile and industrial tion and extended operating temperature range PICO- applications thanks to its minimal power consump from -25 to +80°C. The developer kit for the reader Electronics, Inc. supports FTDI drivers for Windows, Linux and Mac, 143 Sparks Ave. Pelham, N.Y. 10803 Windows CE .NET and Android. It includes a quick E Mail: info@picoelectronics.com start guide, UsB cable, software package and two Pico Representatives Mifare cards. the Mifare NFC Mini Reader requires minimal disk space and lower Germany ELBV/Electronische Bauelemente Vertrieb power, which makes it particularly well-suited for integration directly on a PCB of E-mail: info@elbv.de a machine or mobile computer. The module features four user-configurable inputs PFhaoxne0:00048984646028522445029994: or outputs. It includes a secure access module connection for use in security and England cryptography applications. Ginsbury Electronics Ltd. Elatec RFID Systems E-mail: rbennett@ginsbury.co.uk www.elatec-rfid.com PFox:e0044 4 634 4 90904 00989223611400:nah www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe January 2013 45


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