Atmel and SMARTRAC Collaborate on Animal ID Applications

Atmel and SMARTRAC Collaborate on Animal ID Applications

Atmel teams up with SMARTRAC leveraging Atmel’s RFID ATA5575M2 and Smart-Glass-Tags to deliver High-Performance RFID Identification Capability

San Jose, CA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands, November 10, 2014 - Atmel® Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch technology solutions, and SMARTRAC , the global RFID technology leader, today announced their cooperation to market low-frequency (LF) transponders and inlays for animal identification globally.

The Atmel ATA5575M2 RFID IC supports ISO11784 and ISO11785 standards, using the FDX-A and FDX-B formats for animal identification. It is the only RFID solution available that supports FDX-A, the animal identification standard using full duplex 125 KHz technology with FSK modulation. SMARTRAC selected the Atmel ATA5575 because it supports both aforementioned technologies in a single, flexible integrated device.

"We are excited to work with Atmel because of the impressive performance of their solutions," said Markus Spreng, Head of SMARTRAC's Product Line Animal ID. "Our cooperation with Atmel is focused on their combined FDX-A and FDX-B capabilities, excellent read range and state-of-the-art local application support across all sales regions. With Atmel’s RFID chips and our fully automated glass tag manufacturing capabilities, customers can fully rely on RFID solutions with superior quality and performance to ensure one’s pet, for instance, will be easily identifiable."

SMARTRAC's LF transponders and inlays operate between 125 KHz and 134.2 KHz, offering high resistance against external interference and delivering excellent performance, even in the most rugged environments.

"Atmel's collaboration with SMARTRAC will give consumers the confidence that their RFID solutions are high performing, meet industry ISO standards and can support the various modes required for Animal Identification but also for many other different applications," said Roland Schropp, Senior Marketing Manager RFID, Atmel Corporation. "We look forward to supporting SMARTRAC with integrated semiconductor technology solutions for a range of applications and environments."

More Information about the Atmel ATA5575

The Atmel ATA5575 is a fully programmable read/write (R/W) ASSP (Read/Write Application Specific Standard Product) that implements all important functions for identification systems in the animal tagging, industrial automation and consumer segments. The device allows the contactless reading and writing of data transmitted bi-directionally between a read/write interrogator (reader) and the transponder. The device is offered in several different delivery forms. The most common form is the sawn wafer on foil, but also can be taped in blister package. Additional options include bumped versions which are required for direct bonding technology. The ATA5575 is a passive RFID device and no additional external power supply is necessary. Data is transmitted back to the reader by modulating the amplitude of the RF field giving the ASK and FSK options. Coding schemes implemented are Manchester and Bi-Phase. The on-chip 128-bit user memory EEPROM (16 blocks, 8 bits per block) can be read and written from the interrogator station. An additional 8-bit register is used for the chip configuration and memory locking if desired. The on-chip 330pF LC-tank capacitor is trimmed to +/- 3 percent which is unique in the market, with no other external component required than the antenna coil.

The ATA5575 RFID IC digital modulation schemes, amplitude-shift keying (ASK) and (FSK) are used in the animal identification according ISO 11784 and ISO11785 as FDX-B formats (ASK) and FDX-A format (FSK) but also in the industrial and consumer segments such as "Q5" access control in FSK.

Availability and Pricing

To help accelerate a designer's development, the QTouch Safety Platform offers easy-to-use software and hardware tools. The QTouch Safety Library and QTouch Composer is available free of charge in the Atmel Gallery.

The SAM D20 QTouch robustness demo is available in the Atmel Store for USD $149. The SAM D20 QTouch robustness demo provides an evaluation and demo highlighting the superior performance Atmel’s QTouch Safety Platform. The kit comes pre-loaded with a pre-qualified 60730 Class B software that can be easily re-programmed and debugged using the embedded debugger. The kit passes all standard home appliance EMC tests.

In addition to the SAM D20 QTouch robustness demo, the QTouch Safety Platform can be explored using the Xplained Pro evaluation platform. The SAM D20 Xplained Pro evaluation board is available for USD $39, while the QT1 Xplained Pro adding QTouch support is available for USD $25. Both kits are available in the Atmel Store.

More Information

Atmel RFID Solutions: http://www.atmel.com/products/wireless/rfid/default.aspx
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About SMARTRAC

SMARTRAC is the global leader in RFID technology. The company provides both ready-made and customized products and services used in a wide range of applications such as access control, animal identification, automated fare collection, border control, RFID-based car immobilizers, contactless payment cards, electronic product identification, industry, libraries and media management, laundry, logistics, mobile and smart media, public transport, retail, and many more. SMARTRAC has its registered headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The company maintains a global research and development, production and sales network. For more information, visit www.smartrac-group.com and follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SMARTRAC_NV or write to animalid@smartrac-group.com.

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