RFID tag for embedded applications, extends Murata’s MagicStrap family
For wearable and healthcare application, Murata has introduced the small RAIN RFID tag, the LXMSJZNCMF-198.
The RFID module is designed for embedded applications and is part of Murata’s MagicStrap family of products. The RFID module can be used as a small ID tag that can be fitted to metal and non-metal objects, says Murata, as well as embedded into a range of applications.
RAIN RFID is an alliance created to popularise UHF band RFID technology into broader markets. It is seeing adoption rates rising as companies realise its value in inventory tracking and product traceability, reports Murata. However, small consumer goods have posed a challenge, due to the reduced space for labels. Murata has used its multi-layer ceramic substrate expertise to integrate a RAIN RFID chip and antenna to create an RFID tag for use on small items. The small, 1.25mm square package, is just 0.55mm high and is suitable for use in eyewear, watches, and other wearable accessories, says Murata, as well as healthcare applications like test tube sample identification.
Murata has partnered with Impinj for the project and used the Impinj Monza R6 tag chip in the small, integrated tag, which can either be attached or embedded into a range of applications. It can be used not only to identify products during the manufacturing process, but also to provide traceability in the aftermarket. This supports both businesses and consumers against counterfeiting and enhances brand protection, claims Murata.
The module’s antenna is integrated into the multi-layer ceramic substrate, it complies with UHF RFID standard ISO18000-63 and EPC Global Gen2v2, and supports the global UHF band from 865 to 928MHz. The LXMSJZNCMF-198 RAIN RFID tag is capable of withstanding injection moulding processes. According to Murata, this allows the tags to be embedded in very small products without interfering with the product’s aesthetics.
Two potential applications for the LXMSJZNCMF-198, cited by Murata, are surgical tools and test vials. Biochemical products need to be strictly temperature controlled, which can make it difficult to scan visual labels due to condensation or contamination. The LXMSJZNCMF-198’s package is small enough to be embedded directly into test vials, allowing them to be read by RAIN RFID readers for automatic vial tracking.
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