Ramtron and austriamicrosystems Collaborate to Deliver Third Generation Auto-Identification RF Solutions for Data-Rich Applications

10th November 2010
ES Admin
U.S. semiconductor maker Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq: RMTR), a leading developer and supplier of ferroelectric-based low-power semiconductor products and austriamicrosystems (SIX: AMS), a leading global designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs, today announced the availability of the MaxArias Wireless Memory kit for evaluating third-generation, data-rich automatic identification applications. Ramtron’s MaxArias Wireless Memory evaluation kit debuted today at electronica 2010 trade fair in Munich, Germany.
Custom designed by Ramtron, the MaxArias evaluation kit has a board footprint of a standard business card and comprises austriamicrosystems’AS3992 UHF radio frequency identification (RFID) reader chip, associated firmware, and the MaxArias Wireless Memory device. The evaluation kit allows electronics system designers and value-added resellers to quickly test mobile systems for high-volume data collection applications such as manufacturing and maintenance history, high-value asset tracking, and smart utility metering, among others. The austriamicrosystems’ AS3992 UHF Gen 2 Reader chip is an integrated analog frontend and provides protocol handling for global ISO18000-6b/c 900MHz RFID reader systems.

“MaxArias high speed portable data container chips remove the constraints of today’s 128-bit tags, enabling system designers and manufacturing process engineers to implement higher performance and more efficient product features,” said Dan Secrest, Ramtron’s marketing manager for MaxArias products. “The combination of Ramtron’s proven nonvolatile F-RAM memory technology and austriamicrosystems’ leading-edge RFID reader technology enables developers to quickly move beyond commodity RFID products to third- generation data-collection systems for data-rich applications that require extended memory, faster read/write speed, and gamma stability.”

“Ramtron’s approach to data collection systems is unique and exciting for the automatic identification market,” said Andrew Nathanson, director of Auto ID & Transaction Research at VDC Research. “MaxArias Wireless Memory Solutions target significant application markets with a proven technology that can enhance productivity, lower costs, and improve operations.”

Ramtron’s MaxArias Wireless Memory Solutions are being demonstrated at electronica 2010 trade fair, Munich, Germany, November 9-12, 2010, Hall A5, Booth 520.

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