Atmel Corp. announced availability of an AVR microcontroller (MSU) with an RFID reader block and 16kBytes of in-system self-programmable flash.
The Atmel ATA5505 is one of the industry’s first MCU that features full low-frequency (LF) RFID reader functionality within a single package, unlike others where the MCU and RFID reader are located in two different packages. This translates into customers being able to develop and manufacture small, low-cost reference PCBs for various reader types.
Using the new device also eliminates the need for separate components such as crystals, which are currently required with most 2-chip RFID solutions. The ATA5505 makes is designed to support building a complete reader with just a few required external components and an antenna coil.
Available in a single 5mm x 7mm QFN package and operating in the low-frequency (LF) range at 100-150kHz, the Atmel ATA5505 is suitable for LF Amplitude Shift Keying (ASK) RFID readers and programmers for access control, industrial automation and animal identification applications.