Update: Aplus Flash Technology is no more in business
San Jose, CA (May 17, 2004) – Aplus Flash Technology has introduced a new version of its silicon proven 0.35um 2P3M CMOS based EEPROM IP that is targeted for RFID applications. This is the first of Aplus' line of RFID IP targeted for low-current, low-voltage operation.
Typically, there are four frequencies (<150KHz, 13.56MHz, 860-960MHz, & 2.4GHz – 5.8GHz) used in RFID applications to detect data at various ranges. Aplus' RFID EEPROM IP delivers lower-current consumption in both read and write modes and is suitable for RFID applications working at two standard frequencies: 13.56MHz and <150KHz, and can detect data at distances of <10cm and <75cm respectively. US companies such as Walmart, Gap and Harley Davidson use RFID tags reading at 13.56MHz. Customers wishing to embed EEPROM into their RFID ICs can utilize Aplus' RFID EEPROM IP to achieve maximum performance in current consumption, block size efficiency, read and programming speeds and program/erase cycles over a wide operating voltage range of 1.8V to 5.5V.
Aplus' RFID EEPROM IP* offers:
- Wide operating voltage range from 1.8V – 5.5V
- Low read current: ~1.5uA
- Low write current: ~27uA
- Fast write time: ~10ms
- Small block sizes
- High Endurance: 1.5 million program/erase cycles
- Temperature range: 0 - 85ºC
- 10-year data retention
- Low-power CMOS technology
*Data measured on RFID EEPROM IP with density of 256bits
RFID applications require extremely low current consumption and low operating voltage because it is a contactless technology. Although RFID technology has been in existence for over 30 years, its use in supply chain tracking has increased dramatically in recent years. RFID is used in applications from banking cards to retail supply chain tags to security and military tracking. To ensure accuracy and to cover a larger physical radius, RFID chips need to be able to read and receive data at very low operating voltages for certain applications. Data retention is also critical to maintaining data integrity as applications such as RFID tags are read many times under varying conditions. Aplus' RFID EEPROM IP utilizes a traditional 2P3M CMOS technology that has been silicon proven and in mass production with good data retention for many years.
“We are excited to provide a memory solution to the growing worldwide RFID market because we have had many customer requests for it,” states Peter Lee, CEO of Aplus Flash Technology. “Our present EEPROM IP can fulfill current specification demands, and we are currently developing next-generation EEPROM IP for further cost-savings and performance enhancement.”
Aplus' RFID EEPROM IP currently offers low-current consumption down to 1.8V, and Aplus is developing a next-generation RFID EEPROM IP to allow operation down to 1V for 2.4GHZ and above, the highest RFID frequency operations. This Aplus IP will be targeted for those applications requiring longer reading distances and Aplus expects to introduce the 1V RFID EEPROM IP in Q4 of 2004.
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