Friday, May 20, 2005

RFID: Organic Electronic Tags

Cost and performance have been formidable hurdles in the path of widespread item-level RFID tagging. Last month a company called OrganicID unfolded some pretty long legs.

At the April 2005 meeting of the Materials Research Society, OrganicID scientists introduced an organic RFID tag that can perform at frequencies of 13.5MHz, which is the desired frequency for supply chain applications. Other organic tags max out at 125 kHz.

Performance? Check.

The price of silicon RFID tags has not dipped below $.20 per tag in spite of a good deal of wailing and gnashing of teeth. Silicon costs what it costs. And it costs too much to tag individual items. Thank goodness.

However, OrganicID's product is estimated to cost only pennies per tag. Pennies.

Cost? Check.

With seed money from ITU Ventures and a strategic partnership with International Paper, OrganicID is bringing the reality of item-level tagging to a whole new level.

Sally Bacchetta - Freelance Writer


At 5:48 PM , Blogger NewsBlaze said...

The tags are relatively expensive now, but that's what Research and Development is all about.

Some bright team will eventually work out less expensive methods.

Admore people understand it and decide its a good thing, more money we go into development.

The Europeans are waking up:
RFID gains popularity in Europe

The last paragraph in this story is surprising - either they don't understand the costs or the meant that prices need to be brought down eventually - just like they always do over time.


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