Week of 11/16/09


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RFID add-on brings NFC to iPhone;
will Apple embed RFID in the G4?
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Is Apple ready to embed RFID technology into the next version of the iPhone? Nobody knows for sure, except the insiders at Apple, but near field communications is converging quickly with the mobile phone sector. Yesterday’s announcement of an NFC and RFID reader/writer to provide two way communication and RFID contactless payment capability for iPhones stirred the pot once again as to when Apple will insert RFID into the wildly popular devices.

Most industry analysts believe that Apple will hold off on NFC until after the release of its next generation G4 iPhone in June, and possibly focus on more popular consumer offerings like mobile TV and streaming video for the upcoming release. Analysts say that consumers are still not hot enough on NFC, and the technology needs more time for consumer education to take hold. However, the technology is coming fast. A study produced by Juniper Research last week predicts that NFC will be found in one of every six mobile phones by 2014.

There is an option for iPhone users who wish to use their devices for contactless payments and other uses like asset tracking. Wireless Dynamics’ iCarte, which attaches to the bottom of the iPhone, will be commercially available in February. The units will sell for a maximum price of $70.

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GE scientists testing wearable RFID
sensors to detect airborne chemicals

A $2 million award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will support development of an RFID vapor sensor that is part of a badge and worn on clothing to detect chemical agents in the air at ultra-trace concentrations.

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Three RFID bright spots will outpace
overall growth over the next five years

ABI Research report says that the retail apparel segment, asset management, and active RFID (in a number of verticals) will grow 12.7 percent annually through 2014.

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Re-Coup smart wristband combines
reusable coupon with real-time intelligence

Talisman, a provider of real-time intelligence for brand rewards and mobile marketing, and RFID n Print, have announced the first dynamic mobile-marketing solution in an RFID wristband.

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TI’s passive low frequency interface
wirelessly supports ultra-low-power MCUs

The industry’s first passive low frequency interface (PaLFI) device is designed to wirelessly supply an ultra-low-power microcontroller (MCU) with energy to operate even if the optional battery is empty.

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RFID drives plug-in smart meter;
TALKINGplug monitors energy use

Innovative device automatically tracks and reports on energy use and carbon output of appliances and machines in use.

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Atmel launches low-cost LF RFID IC
with OTP functionality

Application areas include hotel rooms, engineering departments, offices, time recording systems and parking lots, as well as customer loyalty and membership cards.

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We still don't know when RFID-enabled iPhone's will hit the market, but new add-ons provide NFC capability until then.


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