Chipless RFID tags fabricated by fully printing of metallic inks
2013 (English)In: Annales des télécommunications, ISSN 0003-4347, E-ISSN 1958-9395, Vol. 68, no 7-8, 401-413 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper reviews recent advances in fully printed chipless radio frequency identification (RFID) technology with special concern on the discussion of coding theories, ID generating circuits, and tag antennas. Two types of chipless tags, one based on time-domain reflections and the other based on frequency domain signatures, are introduced. To enable a fully printed encoding circuit, linearly tapering technique is adopted in the first type of tags to cope with parasitic resistances of printed conductors. Both simulation and measurement efforts are made to verify the feasibility of the eight-bit fully printed paper-based tag. In the second type of tags, a group of LC tanks are exploited for encoding data in frequency domain with their resonances. The field measurements of the proof-of-concept of the tag produced by toner-transferring process and flexible printed circuit boards are provided to validate the practicability of the reconfigurable ten-bit chipless RFID tag. Furthermore, a novel RFID tag antenna design adopting linearly tapering technique is introduced. It shows 40 % save of conductive ink materials while keeping the same performance for conventional half-wave dipole antennas and meander line antennas. Finally, the paper discusses the future trends of chipless RFID tags in terms of fabrication cost, coding capacity, size, and reconfigurability. We see that, coupled with revolutionary design of low-cost tag antennas, fabrication/reconfiguration by printing techniques, moving to higher frequencies to shrink tag sizes and reduce manufacturing cost, as well as innovation in ID generating circuits to increase coding capacities, will be important research topics towards item-level tracking applications of chipless RFID tags.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 68, no 7-8, 401-413 p.
Chipless RFID, Fully printing, Frequency resonance, LC tank, Linearly tapering, Paper substrate, Time-domain reflections
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-126871DOI: 10.1007/s12243-013-0378-3ISI: 000322168500005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84881310844OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-126871DiVA: diva2:642747
FunderVinnovaEU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 243557
QC 201308232013-08-232013-08-222014-03-04Bibliographically approved