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Design of fully printable and configurable chipless RFID tag on flexible substrate
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Electronic Systems. KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, VinnExcellence Center for Intelligence in Paper and Packaging, iPACK.
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Electronic Systems. KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, VinnExcellence Center for Intelligence in Paper and Packaging, iPACK.
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Electronic Systems. KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, VinnExcellence Center for Intelligence in Paper and Packaging, iPACK.
2012 (English)In: Microwave and optical technology letters (Print), ISSN 0895-2477, E-ISSN 1098-2760, Vol. 54, no 1, 226-230 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents the design and implementation of a chipless radio frequency identification (RFID) tag on flexible substrate.The tag is designed based on the sympathetic oscillations of multiple LC (inductor–capacitor) circuits that possess distinct resonant frequencies. Information is encoded by controlling placement of these resonant frequencies. To trade off the readability and size of the tag, the optimizations including capacitor placements and different LC combinations are studied. The tag is then realized onto flexible polyimide substrate using toner-transferring process. The detection system is also constructed and used to measure the proposed tag. The measurement results show that the tag can provide an excellent readability more than 20 cm reading range. In addition, this tag is fully printable and configurable, hence making it more feasible and considerably cheaper to be used. This tag can provide a meaningful approach toward the realization of ultralow-cost RFID tags attached onto low-value items.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 54, no 1, 226-230 p.
Keyword [en]
chipless RFID tag, LC circuit, sympathetic oscillation, printable, configurable, low cost
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Computer Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-49594DOI: 10.1002/mop.26499ISI: 000297861200061Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-81855196002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-49594DiVA: diva2:461654
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QC 20120102

Available from: 2011-12-05 Created: 2011-11-28 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Fully Printed Chipless RFID Tags towards Item-Level Tracking Applications
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fully Printed Chipless RFID Tags towards Item-Level Tracking Applications
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

An ID generating circuit is unquestionably the core of a chipless RFID tag. For convenience of printing process and cost consideration, the circuit should be kept as simple as possible. Based on the cognition, an 8-bit time-domain based ID generating circuit that merely consists of a ML and eight capacitors was offered, and implemented on photo-paper substrates via inkjet printing process. In addition to the experimental measurements, the circuit was also input into circuit simulators for cross-validation. The good agreement between simulations and measurements is observed, exhibiting the tag technical feasibility. Besides of low cost, the tag has wide compatibility with current licensed RFID spectrum, which will facilitate the future deployment in real applications.

Compared   to  time-domain   based  chipless   tags,  frequency   signatures   based chipless RFID tags are expected to offer a larger coding capacity. As a response, we presented a 10-bit frequency-domain based chipless RFID tag. The tag composed of ten configurable LC resonators was implemented on flexible polyimide substrate by using  fast  toner-transferring  process.  Field  measurements  revealed  not  only  the practicability  of  the  tag,  but  also  the  high  signal  to  noise  ratio  (SNR).  Another frequency domain tag consists of a configurable coplanar LC resonator. With the use of all printing process, the tag was for the first time realized on common packaging papers.  The tag feasibility was confirmed by subsequent measurements. Owing to the ultra-low cost potential and large SNR, The tag may find wide applications in typical RFID solutions such as management of paper tickets for social events and governing of smart documents.

Ultra wide band (UWB) technology possesses a number of inherent merits such as high speed communication and large capacity, multi-path immunity, accurate ranging and positioning, penetration through obstacles, as well as extremely low-cost and low- power transmitters. Thus, passive UWB RFIDs are expected to play an important pole in  the future identification applications for IoT. We explained the feature difference between  UWB  chipless  tags  and  chip  based  tags,  and  forecasted  the  applications respectively  based on the comparison  between the two technologies.  It is expected that the two technologies will coexist and compensate each other in the applications of IoT.

Lastly, the thesis ends up with brief summary of the author’s contributions, and technical prospect for the future development of printable chipless RFID tags.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2014. xii, 81 p.
Keyword
Chipless RFID tag, configurability, inkjet printing, time domain, frequency domain, paper substrate, tag antenna, linearly tapering, LC resonator
National Category
Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-142409 (URN)978-91-7595-020-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-03-28, Sal/hall D, KTH-ICT, Isafjordgatan 39, Kista, 14:00 (English)
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QC 20140304

Available from: 2014-03-04 Created: 2014-03-03 Last updated: 2014-03-04Bibliographically approved

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