Ramtron and austriamicrosystems deliver third generation RFID solutions for data rich applications


Colorado Springs, CO, U.S.A. and Munich, Germany — (METERING.COM) — November 11, 2010 – U.S. semiconductor maker Ramtron International Corporation and high performance analog IC manufacturer austriamicrosystems have announced the availability of the MaxArias Wireless Memory kit for evaluating third generation, data rich automatic identification applications.

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 including 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 non-volatile F-RAM memory technology and austriamicrosystems’ 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.”