March 13, 2009
While BlueBean mainly focuses on EPCglobal Gen2 RFID applications and some active RFID solutions the recent announcement from Hitachi about a new RFID Powder is very interesting. Leveraging the semiconductor industry advances in manufacturing smaller and smaller IC’s Hitachi has managed to strip out all unnecessary circuits to create the smallest RFID tag – .05 x.05 mm – WOW!
Their target market is mainly financial – anti-counterfeit – bonds, currency…
You could easily see where this technology could be embedded in different paper products. Legal companies, accounting companies and hospitals could take advantage of having RFID tags in every piece of paper. These organizations all face mountains of paperwork.
What about the jewelry industry? Another great opportunity for “Powder” RFID Tags.
It will be interesting to see what form factor the RFID Readers will take to read these little RFID tags.
Hitachi says the RFID Power will be commercially available in 2-3 years.