Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Murata launches world's smallest HF-band RFID tag for faster reading of more data

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TOKYO: 6981) (ISIN: JP3914400001) is going to launch mass production of the world's smallest HF-band RFID*1 tag (3.2 x 3.2 x 0.7mm) . Murata has applied its proprietary multi-layer circuit board technology and high-frequency module technology, with which the successful miniaturization of an RFID tag to one-tenth the size of an RFID tag composed of plane surface, was achieved.

The company will exhibit this product at "CEATEC JAPAN 2012", which will be held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture from October 2nd to 6th, 2012.

"This innovative RFID tag is an ultra-small component that has been developed by integrating multi-layer circuit board and high-frequency module technologies, Murata core competencies. " says Mr. Hideharu Ieki, Executive Vice President Technology & Business Development Unit Member of the Board of Directors. "In addition to contactless IC cards, which are rapidly becoming widespread, this RFID tag can be attached to various objects to provide, for example, connections with a smartphone. Murata intends to respond flexibly to various potential customer needs and new application use cases in various fields."

RFID*2 indicates technologies in general that exchange information using near-field wireless communications from an IC tag embedded with ID data. Recently, RFID is being used for contactless IC cards such as prepaid fare cards on train lines and e-money, significantly increasing the convenience of our lifestyles. Murata introduced the RFID device "MAGICSTRAP®" to the market in 2008. Until now, "MAGICSTRAP®" has been used for manufacturing process management and other applications.

Normally, an RFID device consists of an IC tag and antenna. Because the HF-band RFID tag uses low frequencies, the size of the RFID antenna tends to become extremely large. Therefore, it is believed that there is a limit to miniaturization of RFID devices. In an effort to resolve this issue, Murata applied multi-layer circuit board and high-frequency module technologies that the company has developed over the years to configure the antenna inside the ceramic substrate. As a result, it has successfully miniaturized an RFID tag to one-tenth the size of the RFID tag composed of plane surface. Furthermore, the new RFID product uses a ceramic module structure that makes it highly resistant to the environment and enables it to achieve stable operation under various environmental conditions.

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