Scientists at Philips Research (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) created a fully functional 13.56-MHz, radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag based entirely on plastic electronics. In contrast to conventional silicon-chip-based RFID tags, the plastic electronics RFID chip can be printed directly onto a plastic substrate along with an antenna without involving complex assembly steps.
Philips 13.56-MHz RFID tag.
“The realization of plastic RFID tags that operate at 13.56 MHz is a precursor for wide-scale market acceptance in the coming years”, said Dr. Leo Warmerdam, senior director at Philips Research. “To speed up commercialization of our technology we will explore co-development options with third parties.”
Philips Research has more than ten years of experience in the field of “organic electronics,” which has resulted in many scientific publications and patents. These include rollable displays and polymer memories. RFID tags are the third application area for organic electronics being developed by the company.
Source: Philips Research.