NEC Develops World's First Multi-Frequency, Multi-Protocol RFID Reader/Writer



    Development Targets a Compact and Low-Cost Reader/Writer for
    Wide-Spread Use of RFID by Retail and Individual Customers

    TOKYO, Japan, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - NEC Corporation has developed the world's
first(1) multi-RFID reader/writer (a device that can both read and write tag
data) supporting three major RFID (IC) tag frequencies (13.56MHz, UHF band and
2.45GHz), as well as the world's most used protocols(2). To further
miniaturize and reduce the cost of the multi-reader/writer, NEC plans to
commercialize dedicated LSI in fiscal 2008.
    With the market exhibiting a mix of RFID tags with different frequencies
and protocols, the unavailability of a dedicated reader/writer for all RFID
tags has created a bottleneck in expansion of the RFID market. The newly
developed multi-RFID reader/writer makes it possible to read and write any
RFID tag information contained in any product or item with this one device by
supporting all the major RFID tags presently in use around the world. In
addition, the new multi-RFID reader/writer is configured to allow easy
expansion of functions through the additional installation of new network
software, thereby making it unnecessary to replace the reader/writer when new
protocol RFID tags are introduced on the market.
    "NEC has always been an enthusiastic promoter of products and solutions
that incorporate RFID technology through an array of partnerships and
collaborative ventures, including the joint development with Toyo Seikan of
the world's first RFID tag-embedded plastic bottle cap," said Taiki Matsuo,
General Manager of the Ubiquitous Solution Promotion Division, NEC
Corporation. "The development of our new multi-reader/writer, which supports a
variety of leading global protocols, is an integral part of NEC's commitment
to the continued advancement of RFID technology."
    NEC will continue to draw on its collective know-how to develop dedicated
LSI that will bring about a more compact and low-cost reader/writer. This will
enable the device to be embedded into general consumer terminals, such as PCs,
mobile phones and game machines, as well as stationary terminals at retail
stores and facilities.
    RFID has conventionally been used for corporate activities, namely SCM
(supply change management) and traceability(3) for production and
distribution. The advent of a reader/writer that can be mounted in regular
consumers' terminals will enable easier acquisition of information on a
company's products or services and enquiries through RFID tags attached to all
sorts of products. It is expected that the use of this device will spread to
the field of CRM (customer relationship management) to further link businesses
with consumers in the future.
    NEC will continue to expand its corporate solutions that apply RFID
technology to enhance the use of RFID tags worldwide.
    The features/specifications of NEC's new multi-reader/writer are outlined
in the attachment.

    
    Notes:

    (1)    The world's first multi reader/writer that operates in the
           13.56MHz, UHF and 2.45GHz frequencies and is compatible with the 6
           types of RFID tags as shown below.

    (2)    Protocol refers to the procedures that enable communication
           between a RFID tag and a reader/writer. The RFID tags compatible
           with the new multi reader/writer are as follows:

           13.56MHz

           I+CODE SLI (ISO/IEC15693)

           Tag-it HF-I (ISO/IEC15693)

           952 - 954MHz (UHF)

           EPC global Class1 Gen2 (ISO/IEC18000-6 Type C), e.g. MONZA
           (Impinj, Inc.) Etc.

           mu-chip Hibiki (ISO/IEC18000-6 Type C compliant and secure RFID
           protocol(i) to be applied)

    (i)    Secure RFID protocol has been developed through the secure IC tag
           project carried out by METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and
           Industry) in Japan. (August 2006 - March 2007)

           2.45GHz

           mu-chip (read-only ROM IC chip, proprietary tag manufactured by
           Hitachi)

           Bottle cap tag (proprietary tag jointly developed by NEC and Toyo
           Seikan)

    (3)    Refers to the tracking of a product's production history or
           present location.

           Tag-it is a trademark of Texas Instrument Incorporated.

           I CODE is a trademark of NXP Semiconductors.

           MONZA is a trademark of Impinj, Inc.

           mu-chip and the mu-chip logo are trademarks or registered
           trademarks of Hitachi Corporation in Japan and other countries.

           The other company and product names in this press release are
           trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
    

    About NEC Corporation

    NEC Corporation (NASDAQ:   NIPNY) is one of the world's leading providers
of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to
meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global base of customers. NEC
delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and
electron devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks,
and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics
Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 150,000 people worldwide. For
additional information, please visit the NEC home page at: http://www.nec.com

    
    Attachment

    Main Features of the RFID Multi-Reader/Writer

    The rewriting of software enables the device to read RFID tags with
    different wireless communication specifications, such as protocols and
    frequencies,

    The device enables communication with 6 types of RFID tags across three
    frequencies (13.56MHz, UHF (952-954MHz), and 2.45GHz),

    The device automatically identifies RFID tags that are held over the
    antenna.

    The hardware, including the antenna, is contained in one package.

    Specifications

    Compatible Tags         13.56MHz:

                            I CODE SLI (ISO/IEC15693)
                            THF-I (ISO/IEC15693)
                            952 -954MHz:
                            EPC global Class1 Gen2 (ISO18000-6 Type C)
                            e.g. MONZA (Impinj, Inc), etc.
                            mu-chip Hibiki (ISO/IEC18000-6 Type C compliant
                            and secure RFID protocol(i) to be applied)
                            (i) Secure RFID protocol has been developed
                            through the secure IC tag project promoted by
                            METI
                            (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) in
                            Japan. (August 2006 - March 2007)
                            2.45GHz:
                            mu-chip (proprietary tag manufactured by
                            Hitachi)
                            Bottle cap tag (proprietary tag jointly
                            developed by NEC and Toyo Seikan)

    Category of Wireless    13.56MHz inductive data readable/writable
    System                  equipment
                            952-954MHz specified low power radio equipment
                            (for mobile object identification)
                            2.45GHz: specified low power radio equipment
                            (for mobile object identification)
                            (ii)The reader/writer isn't simultaneously
                            capable of communicating tags over three bands.

    Compatible Frequencies  13.56MHz, 952-954MHz, 2.45GHz

    External Interface      10BASE-T / 100BASE-TX

    Operational             10degrees-30degrees/ 30 % - 80% (no condensation)
    Temperature / Humidity

    Power Supply            DC 10V, 4A

    AC Adaptor              AC 100 -240V, 1.2A 56/60Hz

    Dimensions              153mm (W) x132.5mm (D) x109mm (H)

    Weight                  680g
    

    Tag-it is a trademark of Texas Instrument Incorporated.

    I CODE is a trademark of NXP Semiconductors.

    MONZA is a trademark of Impinj, Inc.

    mu-chip and the mu-chip logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of
    Hitachi Corporation in Japan and other countries.




For further information:

For further information: Nec Press Contacts: Diane Foley, NEC
Corporation (Japan), +81-3-37986511, d-foley@ax.jp.nec.com; Chris Shimizu, NEC
Europe, Ltd., +44-20-8752-2794, chris.shimizu@uk.neceur.com; Masako Hirano,
Business Coordination Center (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., +65-6379-2570,
m-hirano@bccs.nec.com.sg; Kosuke Yamauchi, NEC Corporation of America, (212)
326-2504, kosuke.yamauchi@necam.com

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