Monday, February 06, 2006
Philips Makes Plastic RFID Tags
The RFID space is one I watch closely. There will numerous applications and businesses that get created from this emerging technology. Think of an RFID tag as a barcode on steroids.
This story from EE Times highlights the advances chip companies are making. One of the biggest obstacles for this industry is cost per tag.
Scientists at Philips Research have created a fully functional 13.56-MHz radio frequency identification (RFID) tag based entirely on plastic electronics.
In contrast to conventional silicon-chip-based RFID tags, a plastic electronics RFID chip can be printed directly onto a plastic substrate along with an antenna without involving complex assembly steps, Philips Research said in a statement.
Plastic-electronics-based RFID tags have the potential to be manufactured via reel-to-reel and other in-line processing techniques, which should be considerably less cost than silicon processing.
Do you know what would bring these costs down even further? There are other interesting developments, and companies in this space, that get me pondering.