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    A potent instrument for shaping the future of innovation has been established in the fields of Home RF/IF and RFID technologies – the 1342674-ATARFID-EK2 RFID Evaluation and Development Kit. This kit is tailored for ATA5575 and ATA5577 RFID readers, offering a comprehensive solution for RFID exploration and innovation.

    Designed by Microchip Technology, this kit arrives in a compact box package, equipped with all the essential accessories to jumpstart your RFID projects. Whether you’re a seasoned developer or just diving into the world of RFID technology, this kit provides a valuable platform to harness the potential of ATA5575 and ATA5577 RFID readers.

    At the core of this kit lies a frequency of 134.2kHz, allowing you to tap into the unique capabilities of RFID technology. With an ECCN rating of EAR99, you can confidently navigate regulatory aspects. Plus, with an MSL level of 1 and an unaffected REACH status, you’re assured of its quality and compliance.

    It’s worth noting that while the 1342674-ATARFID-EK2 kit offers an exceptional development experience, the board is manufactured by Microchip Technology and is considered obsolete. Despite its obsolete status, this kit still holds value for those seeking to explore the capabilities of ATA5575 and ATA5577 RFID readers.

    You may find an array of RFID products at WIN SOURCE, your hub for innovative components. This blog attempts to explore what RFID is and what is covered by advanced RF/IF and RFID solutions.

    What is RFID?

    RFID stands for radio frequency identification. RFID, short for radio frequency identification, constitutes a wireless communication method that employs electromagnetic or electrostatic linking within the radio frequency segment of the electromagnetic spectrum. This method serves to distinguish an individual, animal, or item singularly.

    How Does RFID Function?

    Each RFID setup comprises three essential components: a scanning antenna; each RFID system shall consist of three prominent members: a scanning antenna, a transceiver, and a transponder. The scanning antenna and transceiver combination form an RFID reader or interrogator. RFID readers fall into two categories: mobile and fixed. The RFID reader is a device that can be carried around or permanently installed and connected to a network. It uses radio waves to send activation signals to the tag. After being activated, the title returns a call to the antenna, which is then translated into data. The transponder itself is integrated into the RFID tag.

    RFID tags have varying read ranges based on tag type, reader type, frequency, and interference from the adjacent environment or other RFID tags and readers. Tags with a more powerful power source have a more excellent reading range.

    RFID Identifiers and Smart Labels are Types of What?

    RFID devices have three essential parts: an integrated circuit (IC), an antenna, and a substrate. The term “RFID inlay” pertains to the specific section of an RFID device responsible for encoding identifying details.

    Two main classifications exist for RFID tags: active and passive.

    Intelligent RFID. Active RFID tags have their power source, typically a battery.

    RFID in Passive Mode: The power source for a passive RFID tag is the reading antenna, whose electromagnetic pulse induces a current in the RFID tag’s antenna.

    There are also semi-passive RFID devices, in which a battery powers the circuitry while the RFID reader powers communication.

    · Usually, RFID devices hold a quantity of information lower than 2,000 KB. This information encompasses a distinct identifier or serial number. Tags can be either read-only or read-write. This implies that the reader can provide new data and overwrite existing data.

    · RFID tags have varying read ranges based on tag type, reader type, frequency, and interference from the adjacent environment or other RFID tags and readers. Due to their more robust power source, active RFID tags have a more excellent read range than passive RFID tags.

    · RFID tags are straightforward, intelligent labels. These labels incorporate an RFID device and a barcode into an adhesive label. They are compatible with both RFID and barcode readers. RFID tags require more sophisticated equipment than intelligent labels, which can be printed on demand using desktop printers.

    What Varieties of RFID Systems Exist?

    Low-frequency (LF), high-frequency (HF), and ultra-high-frequency (UHF) systems are the three most common types of RFID technology. Microwave RFID is available as well. Frequencies in different countries and regions vary considerably.

    RFID Systems with a Low Frequency: These frequencies extend from 30 kHz to 500 kHz, with an average of 125 kHz. LF RFID transmission ranges are typically between a few inches and less than six feet.

    RFID High-Frequency System: Frequencies for the RFID High-Frequency System typically fall between 13.56 and 30.0 MHz. In most cases, you should expect a few inches to several feet variation.

    RFID UHF Systems: These range from 300 to 960 MHz, with the typical frequency being 433 MHz, and can typically be read from a distance of 25 feet or more.

    RFID Microwave Systems: These operate at 2.45 GHz and can be read from over 30 feet.

    The frequency will depend on the RFID application, with actual distances obtained occasionally deviating from expectations. Electronic passports with an RFID chip could only be read from around 4 inches when it was reported that governments would begin issuing such documents. However, the State Department quickly obtained proof that RFID readers could read tags from distances greater than 4 inches, in some cases as far as 33 feet. If extended read ranges are required, tags with increased power can increase read ranges to more than 300 feet.

    RFID use Instances and Applications

    · Inventory management for pets and livestock, asset tracking and equipment monitoring, inventory control for cargo and supply chain logistics, customer service, and loss prevention

    · Enhanced supply chain visibility and distribution security access control

    · Providing transport

    · Healthcare production and retail commerce

    · Tap-and-go payments with credit cards

    Radio Frequency Identification Knowledge

    · The functioning of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) will circle using a microchip, a powered antenna, and a scanner. The range of available commercial applications has significantly progressed. Advancements in the technology responsible for receiving and storing data have decreased the expenses linked to obtaining and altering such technology.

    · Radio Frequency Identification uses a small electronic device, typically a microchip, to retain information. Typically, very small, sometimes the size of a grain of rice, and capable of storing enormous amounts of data.

    · Even though they do not always emit electricity, some may contain a power source or batteries. The scanners that detect these devices can also provide enough power for the microchip to be read. There are numerous applications for the technology, but monitoring products, animals, and currency is common.

    Unique Factors

    These devices allow illegal access to microchip data. These devices’ frequencies can go farther than barcode frequencies. Thus, unauthorized disclosure of personally identifiable information raises risks. Unlike barcodes and associated scanning machines, microchips may be read without visual inspection.

    RFID Application

    Pet chips—RFID chips placed in dogs—are popular. Veterinarians implant animals. These tiny chips store the animal’s identify, medical history, and owner’s contact information.

    Collars can be misplaced; hence many people prefer pet implants. Due to widespread availability, many veterinarians and animal shelters can read microchips.


    The 1342674-ATARFID-EK2 RFID Evaluation and Development Kit is a monument to progress in an ever-changing technical landscape, even as fresh solutions appear. This kit provides a starting point for exploring the possibilities of RFID technology, which may be used to improve security systems, transform supply chain management, and open up new avenues of automation. Microchip Technology’s 1342674-ATARFID-EK2 kit is a great place to start your RFID adventure.

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