Impinj Inc. announced the Monza X-2K Dura and Monza X-8 Dura RFID tag chips to enable embedded RFID applications for consumer electronic manufactures.
The packaged chips are compatible with traditional printed circuit board manufacturing and feature expanded memory with flexible configuration and control along with an additional digital wireline interface for direct communication with other on-board components such as microprocessors or sensors.
While a microprocessor can access the Monza X chip’s memory under powered operation, an RFID reader can access the Monza X chip’s memory even when the board is powered off, enabling users to control the functionality of an electronic device by modifying memory contents wirelessly via RFID, then reading this configuration information via the wireline link at power-up.
The new Monza X Dura chips enable a wide range of applications for electronics, including device locking in the supply chain to deter theft, changing device configuration, such as country or language settings, and controlling functionality based on the location of a device, such as in a retail store, library or secure facility.
Other capabilities include using the digital wireline interface to connect environmental sensors, which can store data in the Monza X chip’s memory and later communicate that information via RFID to a reader.