Atmel Corp. extended its RFID family with the launch of a low-frequency (LF) one-time programmable (OTP) transponder IC optimized for animal identification systems for pets, wildlife or livestock.
At approximately 0.9 square millimeters, the Atmel ATA5575M2 can be used in most transponder packages, including glass transponders or plastic key housings for very small tags, such as animal tags. It is designed for rugged environments and can also be used in conditions including underwater fish tagging, in outdoor livestock, or injected via glass or plastic transponders under the skin of animals for tracking purposes.
Users can program into the device any necessary information, including the specific country or the manufacturer code supplied either by the International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) or government authorities.
Memory in the device contains a unique manufacturer-programmed ID which the user can overwrite with a specific animal ID code. The user ID (UID) can be read and archived (along with the animal code) before programming to ensure reliable traceability.
The new device has also been designed to meet standards required for use in various waste management applications.