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Agilent and Lime Microsystems create new method of testing advanced wireless systems

austriamicrosystems demonstrates standalone NFC MicroSD

Agilent Technologies and Lime Microsystems have announced a custom pairing of test equipment, transceiver technology and control software that provides a new method for testing and evaluating advanced wireless systems. The evaluation platform, which includes a suite of test equipment and software, looks to save digital and software-defined radio designers development time and cut optimisation cycles, which will help to speed new products to market. “Combining the transceiver platform

from Lime Microsystems with our suite of test equipment has given designers a comprehensive, cost-effective method for design validation, even for multi-standard radios,” said Robert Drollinger, marketing manager at Agilent. “We are delighted to offer RF designers this combination of tools and equipment to help solve this test and evaluation challenge.”

“The LMS6002D flexible transceiver is gaining traction in a wide variety of market sectors, including cellular small cells, software defined radios, public safety and land mobile radios,” said Dale Wilson, director of marketing at Lime Microsystems. “Our joint efforts with

Agilent have enabled our customers to evaluate our product quickly and efficiently, resulting in highly effective customer support for a wide community of users.”

The Lime Microsystems evaluation platform and associated control software allows users to adjust the transceiver’s uplink and downlink frequencies from 300 MHz to 3.8 GHz, with no gaps, and to set the on-chip channel filters to accommodate all cellular standards. With Agilent test equipment and the transceiver from Lime, customers can generate digital IQ signals using a pattern generator, convert these signals to RF, and analyze the RF signals with Agilent’s Vector Signal Analyzer software on an Agilent Spectrum Analyzer or wideband oscilloscope. This setup is supported by a

comprehensive set of Agilent software tools (including the company’s popular Signal Studio), coupled with the Lime user interface, for optimizing the RF parameters on a given standard or frequency band, providing a simple and fast method for configuring the Lime transceiver.

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austriamicrosystems has been able to demonstrate NFC (near field communication) data transfer on removable secure elements using a micro-antenna design. Developed working in co-operation with Infineon Technologies AG, it will speed up the deployment and the acceptance of standalone NFC solutions based on ultra small form factors such as microSD. NFC is entering the consumer mass market and despite the release of new NFC enabled phones, standalone solutions are needed to enable NFC for the millions of mobile devices already in the field. According to Don Tait, Senior Market Analyst at IMS Research, “Most mobile phones are equipped with a microSD slot and represent a huge opportunity for expanding the success of NFC technology. Moreover, beyond the technological aspects, standalone NFC solutions such as NFC microSD are a way to support business models independent from mobile operators or mobile phone manufacturers.” Working in close technical cooperation, austriamicrosystems and Infineon have been able to leverage their respective expertise to design solutions that combine an Infineon security contactless microcontroller with austriamicrosystems’ AS3922 RFID front-end chip. Commenting Thomas Rosteck, Vice

President & General Manager, Secure Mobile & Transaction at Infineon Technologies said that, “With our active NFC solution developed together with austriamicrosystems, we’ve been able to

extend our comprehensive portfolio helping the business models of the mobile payment stakeholders and enabling the introduction of new secure NFC services to the consumer.” Infineon’s secure microcontrollers are certified according to the Common Criteria and EMVCo international standards and answers to the requirements of NFC Mobile Payment.

The AS3922, the result of the cooperation, supports an antenna booster technology to overcome the lack of reliability of the existing NFC microSD. Existing solutions only operate in a very limited number of phones and over a very short distance.

“Partnering with Infineon enabled us to leverage their huge wealth of experience within the payment industry as well as their expertise as a market leader for secure microcontrollers,” said Kambiz Dawoodi, Senior VP & GM for the Consumer & Communications Business Unit of austriamicrosystems. “Both companies bring a lot of complementary IP to the overall design platform, resulting in a truly unique solution for the market.” The NFC microSD solution is integrated with the micro-antenna included in the ultra small form factor. No other design approach currently on the market allows for reliable contactless payment fully enclosed within the microSD.

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Atmel develops LF RFID IC for animal identification applications

The Atmel Corporation is making available a low-frequency (LF) one-time programmable (OTP) transponder IC, the Atmel IDIC ATA5575M2, that has been optimised for next-generation animal identification systems for pets, wildlife or livestock. The new device can also be used for waste management applications according to the BDE standard. The ATA5575M2 OTP functionality simplifies the production process and allows for increased flexibility compared to read-only devices. Before shipping, customers can program into the device any necessary information, including the specific country or the manufacturer code

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supplied either by the International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) or government authorities. This reduces lead- time and time to market down to approximately 1 to 2 weeks. The device architecture enables better

read distances with different coils and readers. The write distance is reduced as one-time programming is required, which usually takes place in close coupling to the programming device during the final tag test and customization. Large write distances are typically unfavourable due to the risks involved with multiple tag programming. These improvements have helped to minimise cost and chip size.

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Additionally, the integration of optional trimmed 250-pF or 330-pF on-chip capacitors reduces system cost. These capacitors eliminate the need for external components because a coil is all that is needed for a complete system, thus enabling extra-small access control applications. At approximately 0.9 square millimeters, the device can be used in most transponder packages, including glass transponders or plastic key housings for very small tags (such as animal tags). The memory in the device contains a unique manufacturer-programmed ID which the user can overwrite with a specific animal ID code. The user ID (UID)

can be read and archived (along with the animal code) before programming to ensure reliable traceability.

Since an LF device operates in the range of 100kHz to 150kHz, the Atmel ATA5575M2 can be used worldwide. It is designed for rugged environments and can also be used in conditions not typical for RFID application devices, including underwater (fish tagging), in dirt (outdoor livestock), or injected via glass or plastic transponders (under the skin of animals) for tracking purposes.

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