Bigger isn’t always better … or more attention-getting. Especially in the world of RFID.
Hitachi’s latest chip is so tiny, it’s evoking concern among some, like blogging outpost Gizmodo, which calls it “a worryingly small RFID chip,” measuring “an impressively tiny 0.15 mm x 0.15 mm x 0.0075 mm.”
The chip reportedly includes 128-bit ROM, which can store 38-digit number.
Says online tech pub Technocrat:
“After publishing the information regarding the 0.15 x 0.15 millimeter RFID chip back in 2006, the company apparently completed working on the improved RFID chip in early 2007. Hitachi is now planning on developing an even smaller RFID chip using 65-nanometer lithographic technology.”
Small’s fine and all that, but we’re more interested in the end applications: Will small chips be used to bolster bank notes? Help ensure safe medical procedures? And finally, what (if anything) is compromised security-wise on the path to tiny?