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20100156642DEACTIVATING A DATA TAG FOR USER PRIVACY OR TAMPER-EVIDENT PACKAGING - Deactivating a data tag attached to packaging for user privacy or tamper-evident reasons. Each of a plurality of data tags stores identification information. At least one of the data tags is removable and capable of wireless signal transmission at a first range such that removal of the data tag substantially prevents communication of the identification information via the removed data tag and permits communication of the identification information via another data tag at a second range relatively smaller than the first range.06-24-2010
20100134292RADIO-FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION DEVICE WITH FOAM SUBSTRATE - The present invention encompasses an antenna (06-03-2010
20090195389Networked Tags for Tracking Files and Documents - A system for tracking files and documents includes: a plurality of programmable networked tags operable at a low radio frequency not exceeding one megahertz; a plurality of files with the programmable networked tag affixed to each file; a container for the plurality of files; a base station configured for transmission of signals to and from the plurality of programmable networked tags; and a computer in communication with the base station. The computer includes software for enabling real-time transmissions and a graphical user interface for enabling a user to read and write data to be transmitted to and from the plurality of programmable networked tags.08-06-2009
20100164726COMMUNICATION ANTENNA, RFID TAG, NON-CONTACT COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND NON-CONTACT COMMUNICATION METHOD - A communication antenna has a rectangular radiating section, and has a structure that emits an electric field of linear polarized waves only in a vicinity of the radiating section of the antenna. An RFID tag has an IC chip and a tag antenna that is long in a predetermined direction. The tag antenna has a main antenna portion that is rectilinear and extends over substantially an entire length in a longitudinal direction of the tag antenna, and folded-over antenna portions at which currents induced by an external electric field offset one another due to portions that extend in mutually different orientations in the longitudinal direction. A parallel interval between the main antenna portion and a first folded-over antenna portion exceeds a width of the radiating section of the communication antenna.07-01-2010
20100148968Ruggedized RFID tag and reader - A radio frequency identification (RFID) transponder tag is contained in and electrically connected to a mechanically rugged metallic tag housing slotted to define a radio frequency antenna, such as a half turn antenna, and sealed with an epoxy filling.06-17-2010
20110193702WIRELESS APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR LOCATING ITEMS - Presented are wireless apparatuses, systems, and methods for locating items. According to one embodiment, the apparatus includes a sensor module and an indicator module capable of wireless communication.08-11-2011
20090121878Electronic seal with radio frequency identification - The electronic seal with radio frequency identification of the present invention comprises a lock cylinder and a lock latching plug to form an integral lock portion, which having RF chip, RF antenna with associated electric circuits, conductors and RF chip, wherein the lock cylinder comprises a metal lower antenna tube and a metal upper antenna tube to form each opposite pole of the dipole antenna. With relay conductor and propagating conductor being built in the central hollow space to connect with RF antenna and RF chip respectively, the RFID system is activated if lock cylinder and lock latching plug joint together.05-14-2009
20090121877TRANSPONDER BOLT SEAL AND A HOUSING FOR A TRANSPONDER - An electronic seal (05-14-2009
20080297356INVENTORY SYSTEM FOR RFID TAGGED OBJECTS - A case for containing objects can include a RFID Reader antenna to detect any RFID tags placed within the case.12-04-2008
20100109874Tag Patch Antenna And RFID Tag Using Tag Patch Antenna - A tag patch antenna includes: a slit formed in the vicinity of an edge of an antenna pattern along a part of the edge; and a feeding point to which a tag LSI is connected and which is formed by cutting an intermediate portion of the part of the edge separated by the slit from a body of the antenna pattern by a width of the slit.05-06-2010
20100109872Radio Frequency Identification Integrated Circuit Having An Antenna Incorporated Within The Package Thereof - A radio frequency identification (RFID) integrated circuit (IC) with an antenna embedded within the package of the IC. Thus, the RFID IC is a standalone identifying device that may be easily attached to a PCB in any currently available attaching process. There is also provided a method of tagging a PCB. The method comprises attaching a master RFID IC with an antenna embedded within the IC package on a predefined location on a printed circuit card; delivering the information stored on plurality of slave RFID ICs on the same printed circuit board to the master RFID IC; and reading from the predefined location of the master RFID IC data pertaining to each slave RFID IC.05-06-2010
20100109873ANTENNA SWITCHING SYSTEM AND METHOD - An improved RFID tag reader is provided. More specifically, an RFID tag reader is provided that includes a plurality of antenna panels arranged to form a sensing volume in which RFID tags are read. Additionally, the RFID tag reader includes a novel switching mechanism that activates the antenna panels in sequence while minimizing cross coupling between the antenna panels. Furthermore, a novel antenna geometry also reduces antenna cross coupling.05-06-2010
20100109871RFID SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE SAME - A system for a radio frequency identification tag of a radio frequency identification system, comprises an antenna mounted on a respective unit of equipment and a power supply electrically coupled to the antenna. The antenna is configured to energize a radio frequency identification tag without contact for enhancing read range of the radio frequency identification tag.05-06-2010
20090146821WIRELESS IC DEVICE - A wireless-IC-device main component is disposed on a surface opposite to a surface for receiving signals from a reader/writer. The wireless-IC-device main component includes an insulating substrate, which is provided with a loop electrode and an electromagnetically coupled module coupled to the loop electrode. A signal from the reader/writer causes an eddy current to flow across a conductor principal plane of a metal article. The eddy current causes a magnetic field to be generated in a direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the conductor principal plane of the metal article. Then, the loop electrode is coupled to the magnetic field. Thus, the wireless-IC-device main component functions as an RFID tag even for signals from the principal plane opposite to the wireless-IC-device main component. Thus, it is possible to reduce the cost of manufacturing a metal article, and to provide a wireless IC device using the metal article as a radiator.06-11-2009
20100066538NONCONTACT IC TAG LABEL, AIRLINE BAGGAGE TAG LABEL, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR NONCONTACT IC TAG LABEL - A noncontact IC tag label includes: a band-shaped label base material inclusive of a release surface formed at least at one end of the base material and releasably treated in advance, and a non-release surface; an electroconductive layer formed on the non-release surface of the band-shaped label base material and including a required antenna pattern; and an IC chip mounted on one face of the electroconductive layer. The electroconductive layer and the IC chip are shrouded by a surface protection sheet via a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer. A thermoadhesive resin layer bonded onto the non-release surface of the band-shaped label base material is provided on an opposite face of the electroconductive layer including the antenna pattern, with respect to the surface protection sheet. Also, the pressure-sensitive adhesive layer is bonded onto the non-release surface and release surface of the band-shaped label base material.03-18-2010
20090045962CABLE OR BAND WITH A SEQUENCE OF RADIOFREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION INTEGRATED CIRCUITS (RFID) HAVING INDEPENDENT ANTENNA CIRCUIT AND USE OF THE RADIOFREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION IN INTEGRATED CIRCUITS - The invention relates to a filament or tape comprising a plurality of radio frequency identification integrated circuits (RFID), each one provided with independent antenna circuits, placed in sequence on a support.02-19-2009
20090303050SECURE ELECTROMAGNETIC DATA STORAGE ELEMENT HAVING A PLURALITY OF SELECTIVELY DETERMINED SWITCHEABLE SECURITY MODES - The apparatus of the present invention are directed to an selectively accessible electromagnetically resonant data storage element (implemented as a resonant tag, card, and/or embedded element), that is selectively responsive to predetermined electromagnetic interrogation thereof, that comprises a novel membrane switch component for enabling a user to selectively enable and/or disable interrogatory access to the resonant component, to protect from unauthorized interrogation thereof (hereinafter “MSRDS element”). The inventive MSRDS element comprises a top layer, a bottom circuitry layer, which includes a microchip, a plurality of contact pads and an antenna, an insulation spacer layer, a pressure layer retention component, and an optional EMI shielding layer. The membrane switch may be formed through a combination of aligned and configured subcomponents of at least a portion of the element's layers. In one embodiment thereof, the pressure layer retention component may be advantageously utilized to maintain the membrane switch in a pressed down position to thereby enable the MSRDS element to function continuously (i.e., in an Always-ON mode), until such time that the pressure layer retention component is removed. In this exemplary embodiment of the MSRDS device, for example used in conjunction with consumer products, when a consumer purchases a product that has been provided with the MSRDS element, they remove (e.g., peel off, etc.) the pressure layer retention component to change the element to an Always-OFF mode, such that the MSRDS element is only accessible to electromagnetic interrogation thereof, when the membrane switch is held down. Therefore, the MSRDS device of the present invention provides a greater level of data security advantageously balanced with convenience—it is freely accessible prior to acquisition thereof by a user, and is thereafter easily made secure by the user, who is provided with the capability of readily and selectively enabling access to the data stored therein.12-10-2009
20090091456RFID tag - An RFID tag of the present invention is provided to suppress variations in the capacity component that occur during physical coupling between an antenna and a semiconductor chip as part of the manufacturing process. The RFID tag includes an antenna with a pair of electric contacts, draw-out conductors of the electric contacts, and an RFID chip with a pair of electric contacts, wherein the electric contacts of the antenna are encompassed to their corresponding electric contacts of the RFID chip, and draw-out electrodes are drawn out in an opposite direction to the facing direction overlapped direction).04-09-2009
20090091455RFID TAG - An RFID tag includes: a tag member in which a communication antenna is wired on a predetermined base and a circuit chip which carries out radio communication through the antenna is electrically connected to the antenna, a covering body which covers the tag member and encloses the tag member therein, a reflection plate which reflects radio communication radio wave and which extends along the base, and a spacer sandwiched between the covering body and the reflection plate.04-09-2009
20090091454Method and System to Determine Physical Parameters as Between A RFID Tag and a Reader - A method and system to determine physical parameters as between a RFID tag and a reader. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are methods comprising generating an antenna feed signal, and transmitting a first electromagnetic wave to a radio frequency device (by coupling the antenna feed signal to a reading antenna), receiving a backscattered electromagnetic wave from the radio frequency device to create a received signal, calculating a combined signal based on the antenna feed signal and received signal, and determining relative velocity between the radio frequency device and the reading antenna based on the combined signal.04-09-2009
20080303673DYNAMIC EAS DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - This invention relates to dynamically controlled, electronic article surveillance (EAS) systems whereby an array of antenna elements is digitally phased and actively driven for concurrent transmission, and digitally phased and combined in the receiver unit to improve security tag detection. In particular, the individual frequency and phase of the plurality of the transmit/receive signals are rapidly varied to allow for automated manipulation (steering) of the transmit field pattern and receive field sensitivity. It is the object of this invention to achieve the following features via means of digital phasing and dynamic computer control: sufficient far-field cancellation, null-free detection and uncompromised detection performance regardless of tag's orientation.12-11-2008
20090267771PASSIVELY TRANSFERRING RADIO FREQUENCY SIGNALS - The present disclosure includes a system and method for passively transferring radio frequency signals. In some implementations, a signal transfer element configured to passively transfer RF signals between a first region of a container and a second region of the container includes a first antenna, a second antenna and a coaxial transmission line. The first antenna is configured to wirelessly receive and transmit RF signals and passively transfer wirelessly received RF signals to a first end of a coaxial transmission line. The second antenna is configured to wirelessly receive and transmit RF signals and passively transfer wirelessly received RF signals to a second end of the coaxial transmission line. The coaxial transmission line is configured to passively transfer RF signals between the first antenna and the second antenna. A leg of the first antenna, a leg of the second antenna, and a center conductor of the coaxial transmission line are formed from a continuous conductor independent of physical connections.10-29-2009
20090237255APPARATUS FOR CONFIGURATION OF WIRELESS OPERATION - An integrated circuit (IC) includes a plurality of circuit modules, a millimeter wave (MMW) transceiver coupled to a configurable antenna structure, and a controller. The controller is operably coupled to: receive parameters for an inter-chip MMW communication link; interpret the parameters to determine a range of operational requirements; compare the range of operational requirements with configuration options of the MMW transceiver and the configurable antenna structure; and, when one of the configuration options compares favorably with the range of operational requirements, generate a configuration signal to instruct the MMW transceiver and the configurable antenna structure to implement the one of the configuration options.09-24-2009
20090009337RFID INTEGRATED CIRCUIT WITH INTEGRATED ANTENNA STRUCTURE - An integrated circuit for use in an RFID tag includes an integrated circuit die having a circuit, a radio frequency identification (RFID) interface for providing communication between the circuit and a remote RFID reader via RF signaling between the RFID interface and the remote RFID reader, and an antenna section for facilitating the RF signaling between the RFID and the remote RFID reader. A substrate is coupled to support the first integrated circuit die.01-08-2009
20090009336WIRELESS TAG READER/WRITER - In a wireless reader/writer according to one example of the present invention, a reader/writer main body 01-08-2009
20090009335Inductively coupled loop antenna for a radio frequency identification reader - Systems and methods are described for reading EID tags in difficult to reach locations using a portable RFID reader. In many embodiments, the system includes a portable RFID reader and one or more stationary antenna assemblies. The stationary antenna assemblies typically include a loop antenna in a first location and a ferrite antenna in a second location. EID tags in the reading zone of the loop antenna can be read using the portable RFID reader via an inductive coupling between the resonant antenna in the portable RFID reader and the ferrite antenna in the stationary antenna assembly. One embodiment of the invention includes a portable reader having reader circuitry configured to generate an activation signal, a first resonant antenna, where the first resonant antenna is electrically connected to the reader circuitry, a reader housing containing the reader circuitry and the first resonant antenna, and a stationary antenna assembly having a resonant antenna unit including a housing and a second resonant antenna, a loop antenna unit including a housing and a loop antenna and an electrical connection between the resonant antenna unit and the loop antenna unit. In addition, the first resonant antenna in the portable reader is inductively coupled to the second resonant antenna in the stationary antenna assembly.01-08-2009
20120112913Radio Frequency Environment Object Monitoring System and Methods of Use - A method and apparatus for monitoring untagged objects in a target area including calibrating a radio environment monitoring system including a rules engine and a baseline data set for a target area by recording a set of changes to the RF environment fingerprint of the target area received by the radio environment monitoring system as the target area is filled with objects. During system operation, scanning the target area with the radio environment monitoring system for a current RF environment fingerprint, comparing the current RF environment fingerprint with the baseline data set by a rules engine and reporting an output of the rules engine.05-10-2012
20090085749SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WIRELESSLY MARKING MEDIA - A media marking transponder system includes a media fastener and a wireless transponder circuit coupled to the media fastener. The antenna for the wireless transponder circuit has a first effective length when no piece of media is fastened to the media fastener and a second, different effective length when at least one piece of media is fastened to the media fastener.04-02-2009
20110032101SEQUENCED ANTENNA ARRAY FOR DETERMINING WHERE GAMING CHIPS WITH EMBEDDED RFID TAGS ARE LOCATED ON A BLACKJACK, POKER OR OTHER GAMING TABLE & FOR MYRIAD OF OTHER RFID APPLICATIONS - An improved antenna system, method and apparatus for interrogating and locating RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags and other RF (Radio Frequency) devices, and various applications therefore and thereof, are disclosed. One embodiment is for reading and locating the physical position of RFID tags (such as is made by Phillips, Siemens's Infineon and Texas Instrument) that may be embedded in gaming chips (RFID gaming chips, such as is made by Gaming Partners International Corp.) used in a casino, TV or movie studio or elsewhere for wagering at table games and other gambling games including Blackjack, Poker, Craps, Baccarat and Roulette, but the invention may be used for various other RFID applications.02-10-2011
20080291027Thin Profile Battery Bonding Method, Method Of Conductively Interconnecting Electronic Components, Battery Powerable Apparatus, Radio Frequency Communication Device, And Electric Circuit - A curable adhesive composition is provided which comprises an epoxy terminated silane. A thin profile battery and a substrate to which the thin profile battery is to be conductively connected are also provided. The curable adhesive composition is interposed between the thin profile battery and the substrate. It is cured into an electrically conductive bond electrically interconnecting the battery and the substrate. In another aspect, the invention includes a method of conductively interconnecting electronic components using a curable adhesive composition which comprises an epoxy terminated silane. The invention in another aspect includes interposing a curable epoxy composition between first and second electrically conductive components to be electrically interconnected. At least one of the components comprises a metal surface with which the curable epoxy is to electrically connect. The epoxy is cured into an electrically conductive bond electrically interconnecting the first and second components. The epoxy has an effective metal surface wetting concentration of silane to form a cured electrical interconnection having a resistance through said metal surface of less than or equal to about 0.3 ohm-cm11-27-2008
20090189768COMBINATION SECURITY TAG USING A PERIMETER RFID ANTENNA SURROUNDING AN EAS ELEMENT AND METHOD THEREOF - A security tag and system for securing objects, the system and security tag includes an acousto magnetic (“AM”) electronic article surveillance (“EAS”) component that has a housing with a defined surface area. The housing of the EAS component includes a perimeter boundary that defines an EAS component plane. The system and security tag further include a radio frequency identification (“RFID”) component that includes an integrated circuit and a dipole antenna defining an RFID component plane that is substantially coplanar with the EAS component plane. The integrated circuit and the dipole antenna are positioned externally along the perimeter boundary of the EAS component.07-30-2009
20080246615RFID antenna cupped reflector - Methods, systems, and apparatuses for radio frequency identification (RFID) reader antennas are described. In as aspect, a reader antenna includes a reflecting element and a radiating element. The reflecting element has a body that defines a cavity. The radiating element is positioned in the cavity. The radiating element transmits a RF signal for the reader antenna. The reflecting element reflects the RF signal to alter a characteristic of the RF signal transmitted by the reader antenna.10-09-2008
20090207026RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) TAG INCLUDING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL LOOP ANTENNA - This disclosure describes a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag that includes a three-dimensional (3D) loop antenna. The 3D loop antenna includes a first conductive portion having a length and width that substantially exceed a thickness. The length and width of the first conductive portion substantially lie in a first plane. The 3D loop antenna includes a second conductive portion having a length and width that substantially exceed a thickness. The length and width of the second conductive portion substantially lie in a second plane that is substantially parallel to the first plane. An RFID circuit electrically connected to the loop antenna excites a current through the first and second conductive portions in a current loop that lies in a third plane that is not substantially parallel to the first and second planes. In some instances the third plane may be substantially perpendicular to the first and second planes.08-20-2009
20110285536Dynamic Control Containment Unit - The present invention is a dynamic control containment unit for holding a plurality of discrete items, including a signal emitting mechanism associated with each of the plurality of discrete items, an enclosed housing having at least one receptacle accessible by a user and having at least one of the plurality of items contained therein, a passive signal receiving mechanism in communication with the receptacle for receiving signals emanating from the signal emitting mechanism and a securement system configured to prevent unauthorized access to the dynamic control containment unit. A controller is in communication with the signal receiving mechanism and initiates actions based upon the signal content.11-24-2011
20110291836MICROSTRIP ANTENNA FOR RFID DEVICE - Microstrip patch antenna (12-01-2011
20090002176Backscatter Limited Tags - Methods and apparatuses for secure communications of confidential information are provided. In an embodiment, a method of communicating with a population of radio frequency identification tags includes transmitting a first interrogation signal, receiving a response to the first interrogation signal from at least one RFID tag at a first received signal strength including at least a portion of a first identification code, and transmitting a second interrogation signal that includes a request for confidential information, a command to transmit a response to the second interrogation signal at a secure power level, and the first identification code. In another embodiment, a method for communicating with an RFID tag includes receiving an interrogation signal that includes a request for confidential information and transmitting a response to the interrogation signal at a secure power level. The response includes the confidential information.01-01-2009
20100265071Firearm Visibility Network - A system for identifying, monitoring, and tracking a firearm includes: a low frequency radio tag affixed to the firearm, the radio tag configured to receive and send data signals, the radio tag including: a tag antenna operable at a low radio frequency not exceeding 450 kilohertz, a transceiver operatively connected to the tag antenna, the transceiver configured to transmit and receive data signals at the low radio frequency; a data storage device configured to store data including identification data for identifying the firearm, and a data processor configured to process data received from the transceiver and the data storage device and to transmit data to cause the transceiver to emit an identification signal based upon the identification data stored in the data storage device.10-21-2010
20090184827PLANAR DISTRIBUTED RADIO-FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) ANTENNA ASSEMBLIES - Disclosed are exemplary embodiments of passive radio-frequency identification (RFID) readers operable for creating a relatively uniform near field adjacent a planar surface for reading RFID tags generally above the planar surface. The RFID reader may include a plurality of antenna elements distributed in an array underneath the planar surface. A central antenna element may be located within the array generally between two or more perimetric antenna elements. A network may distribute electromagnetic energy to the antenna elements such that a current phase of at least one perimetric antenna element is out of phase with and lagging a current phase of the central antenna element. Alternatively, the perimetric antenna elements may be parasitically coupled to the central antenna element, such that a current phase of at least one perimetric antenna element is out of phase with and lagging a current phase of the central antenna element.07-23-2009
20080309495Closure and package with RFID kernel tag and boost antenna - A closure includes a plastic shell for securement to a container neck finish. An RFID kernel tag is disposed within the shell, and includes an RFID circuit and a low power UHF antenna coupled to the circuit. A boost antenna, electromagnetically coupled to but otherwise disconnected from the RFID kernel tag, boosts signal gain to and from the RFID kernel tag. In several exemplary embodiments of the disclosure, the RFID kernel tag is secured to an undersurface of the base wall of the closure, and the boost antenna is disposed on the undersurface of the closure base wall, on an opposing surface of a liner disk disposed within the closure shell or comprises a metal layer on an induction seal disk secured to the end of the container neck finish.12-18-2008
20090146820RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG AND ANTENNA FOR RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG - An RFID tag attached to an object and transmitting a signal that corresponds to identification information includes an RFID tag chip that modulates the signal according to the identification information and an RFID tag antenna that transmits the modulated signal. The RFID tag antenna includes a dielectric material, a radiating patch, and a slit. The dielectric material has a polyhedral shape and includes a first surface that contacts the object and a second surface that is parallel with the first surface, the radiating patch is formed on at least a part of the second surface and radiates electromagnetic to waves, and the slit is formed on at least a part of the radiating patch to expose the dielectric material.06-11-2009
20090146819Antenna for an Electronic Tag - The invention concerns an inductive element for forming an electromagnetic transponder antenna, comprising a first group of mutually parallel conductors coplanar in a first plane, a second group of mutually parallel conductors coplanar in a second plane parallel to the first plane, and an insulating material separating the two groups of conductors, one end of each conductor of the first group being connected to one end of a conductor of the second group whereof the other end is connected to one end of another conductor of the first group, the connections between the conductors being conductive via holes in the thickness of the insulating material.06-11-2009
20080266106NAVIGATION APPARATUS AND METHOD USING RFID - Disclosed is a navigation apparatus and method using RFID that is capable of providing information on a current position and a moving direction to the destination. An antenna unit has directivity in a predetermined direction and receives at least one radio signal transmitted from at least one RFID tag. An RFID reader converts the at least one radio signal provided by the antenna unit into information on the at least one RFID tag in a digital form, measures the reception strength of the at least one radio signal, and provides the information on the at least one RFID tag and information on the received strength. A control unit determines the current position and moving direction on the basis of the information on the at least one RFID tag and the information on the reception strength provided from the RFID reader. Accordingly, it is possible to accurately recognize the current position and the moving direction of the navigation apparatus and guide the moving direction to the destination.10-30-2008
20080266105Device and Method for Reading and/or Writing Data a From and/or to a Multiplicity of Rfid Chips - The invention relates to a device and a method for reading and/or writing data from and/or to a multiplicity of RFID chips arranged in smart labels within a smart label production device, wherein the smart labels each comprising a first antenna are applied next to and behind one another on a common continuous film-like strip, wherein each smart label from a selected set of smart labels arranged next to and/or behind one another is respectively assigned a second antenna for the simultaneous transmission of read and/or write data between the first and second antennas by means of ultrahigh frequency waves, wherein the second antennas are arranged in a planar manner within at least one common antenna carrier.10-30-2008
20080266104RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION DEVICES - A radio frequency identification (RFID) device comprising a transmitter on a first surface of a substrate, a receiver on the first surface of the substrate, a ground area on a second surface of the substrate, a first antenna on the first surface of the substrate, the first antenna being electrically connected to the ground area and capable of transmitting outgoing signals, and a second antenna on the first surface of the substrate, the second antenna being electrically connected to the ground area and capable of receiving incoming signals.10-30-2008
20080266102Methods and Apparatus for an RF Port with Removeable Submodules - An RF port device includes a digital module within a housing, wherein the digital module is configured to communicate with a network over a data connection (e.g., a GigE Ethernet connection), from which it may receive power. The digital module and housing are configured to removeably couple to two or more RF submodules—e.g., RFID reader submodules, 802.11 10-30-2008
20100127875RFID SYSTEMS - We describe an RFID communications network comprising: a plurality of passive RFID tags; at least one RF power supply device; and at least one RFID reader; and wherein a said RFID tag is configured to use a first frequency to receive power for powering said tag from said RF power supply device and to use a second, different frequency to communicate with said RFID reader; and wherein said plurality of RFID tags are configured to use the same said first frequency to receive said power, and all use different second frequencies to communicate with said RFID reader. The tags may be used to generate probability data, the probability data for a said identified tag being dependent upon a probability of the tag belonging to a collection the contents of which are to be verified; contents of the collection may then be verified against a schedule using processed verification data.05-27-2010
20100085190RFID SYSTEM, READER-WRITER, AND RFID TAG - An object of the invention is to prevent a non-read RFID from remaining even when plural unspecified RFID tags exist in a range where RF waves of a reader-writer arrive.04-08-2010
20100079289RFID TAG BASED DISCRETE CONTACT POSITION INDICATION - An RF based state indicator for indicating the state of a control device is provided. The RF-based state indicator indicates the position of a control mechanism by using the position of the control mechanism to enable or disable an RF tag. An RF reader acquires RF transmitted data from enabled RF tags and uses the data to indicate or control an operation aspect of a device.04-01-2010
20090207027RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) TAG INCLUDING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL LOOP ANTENNA - This disclosure describes a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag that includes a three-dimensional (3D) loop antenna. The 3D loop antenna includes a first conductive portion having a length and width that substantially exceed a thickness. The length and width of the first conductive portion substantially lie in a first plane. The 3D loop antenna includes a second conductive portion having a length and width that substantially exceed a thickness. The length and width of the second conductive portion substantially lie in a second plane that is substantially parallel to the first plane. An RFID circuit electrically connected to the loop antenna excites a current through the first and second conductive portions in a current loop that lies in a third plane that is not substantially parallel to the first and second planes. In some instances the third plane may be substantially perpendicular to the first and second planes.08-20-2009
20100123583RFID-BASED CORROSION AND MOISTURE DETECTION - Structural health monitoring apparatuses and methods are disclosed. One or more structural health sensors may be used to disconnect and/or connect one or more RFID chips to an antenna such that wireless communication with the one or more RFID chips (or the absence of wireless communication) through the antenna indicates the structural health status. Example structural health sensors may be moisture detecting or fracture detecting. A remote reader may be used to establish the wireless communication with the one or more RFID chips to determine the structural health. The sensors and RFID chips may be passive and powered through the wireless communication from the remote reader. Such apparatuses and methods may be applied to any large structures requiring regular inspection, such as aircraft, ships, automobiles or buildings.05-20-2010
20080309494LINE-OF-SIGHT RFID TAG READER - Provided by aspects of the invention are devices, systems and methods for enabling the use of RFID tags that are not unnecessarily complex by changing the arrangement and operation of RFID tag readers Specifically, provided in some embodiments in accordance with aspects of the invention is a RFID tag reader incorporating a type of highly directional antenna, known as a pencil beam antenna. In operation, a pencil beam antenna has a highly focused and thinly shaped lobe. Those skilled in the art will appreciate that an antenna lobe is the volume of space within which RF signals can be detected and coupled to a receiver connected to the pencil beam antenna or within which RF signals can propagate after being transmitted by a transmitter connected to the pencil beam antenna. The highly focused and thinly shaped lobe created by the pencil beam antenna enables selective communication with individual RFID tags, even those RFID tags incorporating low-directivity antennas.12-18-2008
20110169640TURBO-MACHINE CONTROL INSTALLATION EQUIPPED WITH A PASSIVE RADIOFREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION CHIP UNIT VERIFICATION SYSTEM - This invention relates to a control installation (07-14-2011
20080211675RFID DEVICE WITH CHANGEABLE CHARACTERISTICS - An RFID device includes a first, relatively permanent portion and a second alterable or inactivatable portion. Upon the occurrence of some predetermined event, the second portion and/or its coupling to the first portion is physically altered, inactivating it. The first portion may itself be an antennaless RFID device that may be read at short range, and the second portion may be an antenna that, when coupled to the first portion, substantially increases the range at which the first portion may be read. The second portion may be configured to be altered or inactivated by any of a variety of predetermined events, such as involving physical, chemical or electrical forces, performed either on the RFID device, or upon an object to which the RFID device is coupled.09-04-2008
20090284377Flexible RFID Label - A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag includes a base supporting an integrated circuit and a first antenna orthogonal to a second antenna, the first antenna and the second antenna coupled to the integrated circuit, and a first fold in the base that when creased, defines two lobes lying in two planes, a first lobe including a first portion of the first antenna positioned in an x-axis relative to the second antenna oriented along a y-axis, and a second lobe including a second portion of the first antenna positioned in a z-axis relative to the first portion of the first antenna and second antenna.11-19-2009
20090102664TAMPER-RESISTANT MICROCHIP ASSEMBLY - The present invention generally relates to a tamper-resistant microchip assembly which may be used to, for example, confirm the authenticity of the source of a product. The tamper-resistant microchip assembly may further contain information related to the origin of the product, vintage, bottle size, geographic origin, age and/or other characteristics of the product. The tamper-resistant microchip assembly is particularly suitable for use with, for example, the production and distribution of wine.04-23-2009
20090096611MOBILE RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION ANTENNA SYSTEM AND METHOD - An apparatus, system and method for creating a repositionable radio frequency identification (“RFID”) interrogation zone to locate objects in which the apparatus, system and method includes a radio frequency (“RF”) antenna that transmits a RFID interrogation signal to establish the repositionable RFID interrogation zone and receives a reflected RFID reply signal from at least one RFID tag associated with an object in the repositionable RFID interrogation zone, and a handle that is coupled to the RF antenna. The apparatus, system and method can further include a handle being rotatably coupled to the RF antenna about a pivot point that allows angular position adjustment of the RF antenna to the handle, with a trigger switch coupled to the handle.04-16-2009
20110199213RFID INTEGRATED CIRCUIT WITH INTEGRATED ANTENNA STRUCTURE - An integrated circuit for use in an RFID tag includes an integrated circuit die having a circuit, a radio frequency identification (RFID) interface for providing communication between the circuit and a remote RFID reader via RF signaling between the RFID interface and the remote RFID reader. An antenna section facilitates the RF signaling between the RFID and the remote RFID reader. A substrate is coupled to support the first integrated circuit die and at least a portion of the antenna section.08-18-2011
20080238686METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF DETERMINING PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS ASSOCIATED WITH OBJECTS TAGGED WITH RFID TAGS - Methods and systems of determining physical characteristics associated with objects tagged with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are methods comprising receiving an electromagnetic signal transmitted by a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag coupled to an object (the receiving the electromagnetic signal in response to an interrogating signal), and determining orientation of the object based, at least in part, on the electromagnetic signal.10-02-2008
20080238684Multi-Antenna Element Systems and Related Methods - Multi-Antenna element systems and related methods. At least some of the illustrative embodiments comprise a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag comprising an antenna system. The antenna system comprises a ground plane, a first antenna element on a first side of the ground plane, and a second antenna element on a second side of the ground plane opposite first antenna element. The illustrative RFID tag further comprises a first radio frequency identification circuit coupled to the first antenna element.10-02-2008
20080246614RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAGS - A radio frequency identification tag comprising first and second antenna elements, wherein the first and second antenna elements are configurable to be, in use, positioned to lie in substantially different planes.10-09-2008
20080238685METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF DETERMINING PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS ASSOCIATED WITH OBJECTS TAGGED WITH RFID TAGS - Methods and systems of determining physical characteristics associated with objects tagged with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are methods comprising making a first reading of a RFID tag coupled to an object (an electromagnetic signal received from the RFID tag having a first received signal strength indication (RSSI)), making a second reading of the RFID tag (an electromagnetic signal received from the RFID tag having a second RSSI), and a determining whether the object is moving using (at least in part) the first and second RSSI. Other illustrative embodiments, may determine (in addition to or in place of determining movement) orientation of the object based, at least in part, on the electromagnetic signals.10-02-2008
20090167533FRACTAL CODE AND GENERATING METHOD THEREOF - A fractal code is provided. The fractal code includes a substrate and a frequency selective surface (FSS). The FSS includes a fractal configuration designed by an iterative procedure, and the fractal configuration is disposed on the substrate. The fractal configuration is formed by a plurality of fractal circle patterns. The radii of the fractal circle patterns decrease by a specified ratio so as to assume a self-similar property, thereby achieving a multi-spectrum property and generating an identification code in frequency domain (FD-ID code). The FD-ID code is applied with space-feed method, and thus a wireless signal is operated in a predetermined band with reflection or transmission radiations, thereby achieving the function of radio frequency identification.07-02-2009
20080284606RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG APPARATUS - The invention provides a physical-characteristic-based RFID tag apparatus which is easy to implement, controllable by a user and capable of enabling privacy protection function as appropriate. According to the invention, there is provided an RFID tag apparatus, comprising: an RFID tag which comprises an antenna and a chip; and a shielding part which is capable of switching between a first state in which it blocks RF signals to or from the RFID tag and a second state in which it does not block RF signals to or from the RFID tag.11-20-2008
20080291026Radio Frequency Identification Devices with Separated Antennas - An RFID apparatus includes at least two antennas that are positioned to increase the maximum effective range of the RFID device. The RFID apparatus includes an RFID device, and the RFID device includes an antenna connected to a circuit having a transmitter. The second antenna is positioned relative to the RFID device to increase the MER of the RFID apparatus relative to conventional RFID devices while remaining separated (i.e. no direct physical contact) from the RFID device. In at least one embodiment, the second antenna is separated from the RFID device and positioned relative to the RFID device to induce a coupling of a signal to the RFID device. In at least one embodiment, the second antenna is positioned to overlay at least a portion of the circuit of the RFID device. In at least one embodiment, the RFID device is a passive-type RFID device.11-27-2008
20080218354NON-NETWORKED RFID SYSTEM - Non-networked radio frequency identification (RFID) systems and methods are described that use RFID tags to exchange information between non-networked RFID readers. The RFID tags may store information about conditions the RFID-tagged items have encountered while being processed. RFID readers may dynamically update the information stored on the RFID tags as the RFID-tagged items are processed at nodes. An RFID tag may include a processor that dynamically determines process control instructions based on the information.09-11-2008
20080238688DYNAMIC RF FRONT END - A dynamic radio frequency (RF) front end includes an antenna array, a power amplifier structure, and a low noise amplifier structure. The power amplifier structure generates a plurality of outbound RF signals from an outbound RF signal and provides the plurality of outbound RF signals to the antenna array. Each of the plurality of outbound RF signals has a different transmit phase rotation. The low noise amplifier structure receives a plurality of inbound RF signals from the antenna array and outputs one of the plurality of inbound RF signals based on a favorable phase relationship with respect to the outbound RF signal. Each of the plurality of inbound RF signals has a different receive phase rotation.10-02-2008
20080246616MEDIA CASE AND CIRCUIT PATTERN SHEET - A media case and a circuit pattern sheet with a simple configuration is provided that allows highly dense collection and reliable recognition of housed disk media.10-09-2008
20080284605Automated Tuning Method for Rfid Labels - A method and an analogous system for tuning an RFID label prior to application to an article are disclosed. The method includes providing an RFID label having at least one antenna disposed therein, identifying an article, relaying information related to the identification of the article to a controller, with the controller including a memory of predetermined tuning parameters for the article, retrieving from memory one or more of the tuning parameters for the article; and adjusting the tuning parameters of the RFID label to correspond to the article by altering a geometric parameter of the antenna of the RFID label. The system includes a cutting device to alter a geometric parameter to correspond to the article by removing material from at least one antenna forming part of the RFID label.11-20-2008
20090051541RFID CERTIFIED DOCUMENT AND ITS PREPARING METHOD - A RFID certified document preparing method includes the steps of: (1) providing a medium and printing an antenna on the medium, (2) printing document data on the medium, and (3) electrically connecting a chip to the antenna via a pad. The invention also provides a RFID certified document prepared according to this method.02-26-2009
20100141453Method and Apparatus for Making a Radio Frequency Inlay - A method and apparatus are provided for making radio frequency (RF) inlays. The RF inlays include an integrated circuit and an antenna affixed to a substrate material carrying the integrated circuit. During processing, portions of the wire forming the antenna are located adjacent to, but not directly over the integrated circuit. In the subsequent processing step, the wire ends are placed in contact with and secured to the integrated circuit terminal areas.06-10-2010
20110267194COMPACT DIRECTIONAL COUPLER USING SEMICONDUCTOR PROCESS AND MOBILE RFID READER TRANSCEIVER SYSTEM USING THE SAME - A compact directional coupler and a mobile Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) reader transceiver system using the same. The compact directional coupler can include a primary transmission line, a secondary transmission line, and a second capacitor connected in parallel to the secondary transmission line. The coupler can further include a first capacitor connected in parallel to the primary transmission line and capacitors connected between both end of the first capacitors and the ground respectively. A mobile RFID reader transceiver system can include a transmission terminal circuit, a power amplifier, the compact directional coupler, an antenna, a low noise amplifier, and the reception terminal circuit. The system further can include a band-pass filer, and/or a power combiner to match an output terminal of the power amplifier.11-03-2011
20090160653Anti-metal RFID tag and manufacturing method thereof - An anti-metal radio frequency identification (RFID) tag and a manufacturing method thereof are described. The anti-metal RFID tag includes a substrate having a first surface and a second surface on an opposite side thereof; a planar integral antenna formed on the first surface of the substrate; a RFID transceiver chip (i.e., RFID chip) disposed on the surface of the substrate and coupled to a signal feed point of the planar integral antenna. The flexible planar integral antenna and substrate are folded and then fixed by a fixing mechanism to form an anti-metal RFID tag with a feed-in structure, a RFID transceiver chip, and a radiator on one side, and a ground plane on the opposite side. A spacer is further sandwiched in the center of the folded structure, which is helpful for improving the antenna gain of the anti-metal RFID tag.06-25-2009
20090167534RFID TAGS AND PROCESSES FOR PRODUCING RFID TAGS - A Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag. The RFID tag comprises a flexible substrate and an integrated circuit embedded within the flexible substrate. The top surface of the integrated circuit is coplanar with the flexible substrate. At least one conductive element is formed on the flexible substrate. The conductive element is electrically connected to the integrated circuit. The conductive element serves as an antenna for the RFID tag.07-02-2009
20090243859DOOR WITH INTEGRAL ANTENNA - A door and method of constructing a door whereby a security system antenna is routed through channels that are incorporated within the outer perimeter of the door, and completely or partially hidden from sight. The channels are sized to retain at least a portion of the security system antenna therein. The door can be purchased with the antenna wires already embedded therein and hidden from sight and installed at a facility without the need to mount the antenna wires on a pedestal or dig up floors and/or walls to embed the antenna coils. Existing doors can be retrofitted to install the antenna wires. Such antennas may be used, for example, in an RFID marker system or a magneto-acoustic EAS marker system.10-01-2009
20090051538TRANSCEIVER DEVICE - One aspect of the invention relates to a transceiver device with a substrate with a layer of dielectric material with a relative permeability of greater than 1 and/or with a magnetic material with a relative magnetic permeability of greater than 1. An antenna is monolithically integrated in the substrate and/or in the layer, and the antenna is arranged for transmitting and for receiving signals. A circuit is monolithically integrated in the substrate which is coupled to the monolithically integrated antenna.02-26-2009
20090051539RFID TAG HAVING ANTENNA WITH CO-PLANAR RADIATION PATTERN - An radio frequency identification (“RFID”) system and RFID tag that include a substrate body having a surface where the substrate body defines a plane of the tag, an RFID integrated circuit disposed on the surface of the substrate body, and an antenna that has an antenna pattern, which is disposed on the substrate body and in electrical communication with the RFID integrated circuit, the antenna generating a radiation pattern with maximum gain along an axis that is substantially coplanar with the tag. The antenna can include a first antenna portion and a second antenna portion, the first antenna portion having a first antenna end and a second antenna end, the first antenna end of the first antenna portion in electrical communication with the RFID integrated circuit and the first antenna portion forming an antenna pattern in a counterclockwise direction, and the second antenna portion having a first antenna end and a second antenna end, the first antenna end of the second antenna portion in electrical communication with the RFID integrated circuit and the second antenna portion forming an antenna pattern in a clockwise direction.02-26-2009
20090051540ANTI-FAKE PACKAGING MATERIAL OF RFID AND ITS PACKAGING METHOD - A RFID packaging material packaging method includes the steps of: providing a substrate having a conductive layer covered thereon, processing the conductive layer of the substrate to form an antenna, electrically connecting a chip to the antenna via a pad, and covering the substrate onto a product for enabling the product to provide a RFID recognition function. The invention relates also to the RFID packaging material made subject to this RFID packaging material packaging method.02-26-2009
20090085751RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG - An RFID tag having mounted thereon an IC chip capable of receiving and delivering information from and to an external source without contact. In the RFID tag, a central axis of its own antenna having mounted thereon the IC chip coincides with a center of the RFID tag, and an antenna width is controlled. That is, a position of the central axis of the antenna is controlled to correct the mass eccentricity of the RFID tag. Further, the RFID tag is an RFID tag having mounted thereon the IC chip capable of receiving and delivering information from and to an external source without contact, and an RFID tag having attached thereon the IC chip at a position in which a first and a second antenna lengths are different from each other.04-02-2009
20090096613SMALL GAMMA SHIELDED SHORTED PATCH RFID TAG - An RFID tag includes a substrate made of a material with a high dielectric constant of greater than approximately 4 and having a first side and a second side. A patch antenna is mounted to the first side of the substrate. A metallic ground plane is mounted to the second side of the substrate, and includes a feed through hole. A metallic backplane is coupled with the ground plane, on a side of the ground plane opposite the substrate. The backplane and/or the ground plane includes a recess. An RFID circuit is positioned within the recess. A shorting wall includes a plurality of through holes extending through the substrate and interconnecting the antenna with the ground plane. The plurality of through holes are generally linearly arranged relative to each other along an edge of the ground plane. An electrically conductive via extends through the substrate and the feed through hole of the ground plane. The via has a diameter which is slightly less than the feed through hole. The via interconnects the antenna with the RFID circuit. The via is at a distance from the shorting wall whereby an impedance of the RFID circuit approximately matches an impedance of the antenna.04-16-2009
20090096612Antenna Construction, for Example for an RFID Transponder System - The invention relates to an antenna construction for a double-ended antenna circuit 04-16-2009
20090085750Extended RFID tag - The invention is directed to an extended radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag. The extended RFID tag includes an ultra-high frequency (UHF) RFID tag having a dipole antenna attached to a first surface of a substrate. The extended RFID tag further includes an antenna extension attached to the UHF RFID tag and overlapping at least a portion of the dipole antenna for electromagnetically coupling the antenna extension and the dipole antenna in operation. The extended RFID tag further includes an insulator positioned between the dipole antenna and the antenna extension to electrically isolate the dipole antenna from the antenna extension.04-02-2009
20090085752GAME BETTING DEVICE04-02-2009
20090231140RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION ANTENNA AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING ITEMS USING THE SAME - Disclosed are a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader antenna using an RFID technique and an apparatus for managing items using the same, the antenna comprising: a feeding portion having one end connected to an RFID reader and another end connected to a ground; and a conductive radiating electrode disposed above the feeding portion by being spaced apart from the feeding portion by a certain distance and configured to send or receive a signal of a certain band to/from an RFID tag attached to each item by an electromagnetic coupling with the feeding portion.09-17-2009
20090231139Label Incorporating an RF Anti-Theft Antenna and a UHF RFID Transponder - The present invention associates on one and the same label a UHF antenna and an RFID integrated circuit with an EAS antenna operating in RF mode, thus avoiding the addition of a second label on a product to be protected and/or traced. An aspect of the invention consists in using a loop antenna to which an integrated circuit which can operate by capacitive induction with the UHF antenna will be connected. The invention also relates to a method of manufacturing such a label, and to a method of using the label.09-17-2009
20090201157RFID DEVICES AND METHODS FOR OVERLAPPED OBJECTS - Readability of overlapping radio frequency identification (RFID) devices on overlapping objects, such as RFID labels on stacked garments, is improved by having different antenna configurations for the overlapped RFID devices. Each pair of closest overlapped RFID devices may have different respective antenna configurations. The different respective antenna configurations may be mirror images of one another, or may have the same shape, with a relative rotation between the two. The different antenna configurations may substantially fill an antenna-receiving portion that is located in the same relative location in each of the RFID devices, with the antenna-receiving portion covering most of an area of the RFID devices. Feedpoints of the different antenna configurations, for receiving a strap or interposer for coupling to the antenna configurations, may be in the same relative location.08-13-2009
20090201158RFID tag and RFID tag producing apparatus - This disclosure discloses an RFID tag comprising: a base layer formed into a tape-shape or sheet-shape that disposes an RFID circuit element comprising an IC circuit part that stores information, and a loop antenna that transmits and receives information; a print-receiving layer on which print corresponding to information stored in the IC circuit part of the RFID circuit element is printable; and the print-receiving layer including a print area printable with a desired print disposed on an inner peripheral side of a loop coil of the loop antenna in a planar view of the RFID tag.08-13-2009
20090109034Radio frequency identification tag device for metallic products - A radio frequency identification tag device includes an antenna unit including a dielectric substrate that has two through holes extending from a first surface to a second surface opposite to the first surface, a first conductive layer disposed over the first surface of the dielectric substrate, a second conductive layer unit disposed over the second surface of the dielectric substrate and having opposite second conductive layers spaced apart from each other such that a spacer is formed between the second conductive layers, and two connecting conductors each disposed in a corresponding through hole in the dielectric substrate and interconnecting electrically a corresponding second conductive layer and the first conductive layer. A radio frequency identification module is disposed to span the spacer and is attached to the second conductive layer unit.04-30-2009
20090128338ID LABEL, ID TAG, AND ID CARD - In commercial products to which a non-contact type or contact type ID label or ID tag is attached and ID cards, there is fear that, due to a difference between coefficients of thermal expansion between an antenna for communication and a resin provided around the antenna, stress is applied to the resin with the larger coefficient of thermal expansion to break the resin. This contributes to decrease in manufacturing yield, lifetime, and reliability of an ID label or the like.05-21-2009
20090121879ANTENNA FOR RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG - The present invention relates to an antenna for an RFID tag chip. The antenna includes a dielectric material, a radiating patch that scatters a signal from the RFID tag chip for transmitting the scattered signal, and microstrip lines having a terminal for the RFID tag chip. Accordingly, a small antenna that can be attached to metal can be realized.05-14-2009
20100176950VENDING ENCLOSURE RECOVERY METHOD AND SYSTEM - A tracking system and method provide updated location and status information of a vending machine even after the vending machine is moved from its installed location. This allows law enforcement to use the updated location information to locate and recover the vending machine and the assets contained therein during a theft or in other security breach situations. A method also provides for automatically assigning the vending machine to an installation location using the location and status information from the vending machine.07-15-2010
20090079572Semiconductor device and wireless communication system using the same - Initialization of a semiconductor device can be efficiently performed, which transmits and receives data through wireless communication. The semiconductor device includes an antenna, a power source circuit, a circuit which uses a DC voltage generated by the power source circuit as a power source voltage, and a resistor. The antenna includes a pair of terminals and receives a wireless signal (a modulated carrier wave). The power source circuit includes a first terminal and a second terminal and generates a DC voltage between the first terminal and the second terminal by using a received wireless signal (the modulated carrier wave). The resistor is connected between the first terminal and the second terminal. In this manner, the semiconductor device and the wireless communication system can transmit and receive data accurately.03-26-2009
20100182149Apparatus for and method of using rfid antenna configurations - In accordance with exemplary embodiments of the invention, antenna structures having specified geometries (e.g., serpentine, slot, etc.) are provided for incorporating into fixtures such as shelves. Preferred antenna structures of the invention can be used as tag reader antenna systems in RFID (radio frequency identification) applications and the like. In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, multiple RF (radio frequency) antennae are utilized as part of an intelligent station to track items comprising radio frequency identification (RFID) tags.07-22-2010
20090278690RF devices - A low cost passive RFID tag uses capacitive or inductive coupling between the RF IC chip and the antenna. Coupling elements are formed directly on the surface of the RF IC chip.11-12-2009
20090189769COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND AN ELECTRIC CIRCUIT FOR A COMMUNICATION DEVICE - An electric circuit for a communication device (07-30-2009
20080303672VALVE-INTEGRATED TRANSPONDER - A valve-integrated transponder includes an air valve and a casing that are integrated with each other, and is disposed within a tire. The air valve is press-fitted to a valve hole in a wheel rim. The casing houses a substrate having a detecting element mounted thereon, an inverse F antenna element, a supporting member, and the like, and is provided with a partition-like reinforcement rib. The reinforcement rib extends along an extension of an axis of the air valve and is loosely fitted in a recessed slot of the supporting member. The antenna element supported by the supporting member has a substantially line symmetrical shape where a pair of radiation conductors symmetrically extend away from each other.12-11-2008
20080266103RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION DEVICES - A radio frequency identification device comprising a first antenna configured to receive and transmit radio frequency identification signals, the first antenna being configured to transmit and receive the signals at a first frequency, a controller configured to provide data for communication, a first mixer coupled with the controller and the first antenna, the first mixer being configured to modulate the data from the controller with a first signal having the first frequency, and a second mixer coupled with the controller and the first antenna, the second mixer being configured to demodulate received signals from the first antenna with a second signal having the first frequency.10-30-2008
20100134293COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND POWER CONTROL METHOD - A communication apparatus includes a first RF tag which performs communication using electromagnetic waves in a first frequency band; a second RF tag which performs communication using electromagnetic waves in a second frequency band different from those in the first frequency band; a storage unit having a shared area accessible from the respective RF tags; and a power controller which generates power for driving the first RF tag and the storage unit using the first frequency band electromagnetic waves and supplies the generated power to the first RF tag and the storage unit, and which generates power for driving the second RF tag and the storage unit using the second frequency band electromagnetic waves and supplies the generated power to the second RF tag and the storage unit.06-03-2010
20100134291RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION INLAY WITH IMPROVED READABILITY - A radio-frequency identification (RFID) inlay is provided that is substantially isolated from the environment in proximity to one side of the device. A radio-frequency identification (RFID) inlay is provided including a two-port microchip having a first and a second port, a first antenna coupled to the first port of the two-port microchip, a ground-plane, a first high-impedance body disposed substantially parallel to the first antenna and between the first antenna and the ground-plane, the first high-impedance body insulated from the ground-plane. The RFID inlay further includes a second antenna coupled to the second port of the two-port microchip, and a second high-impedance body disposed substantially parallel to the second antenna and between the second antenna and the ground-plane, the second high-impedance body insulated from the ground-plane.06-03-2010
20110001621TAG INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - A tag information processing apparatus, including: a receiving section (01-06-2011
20110001620COMBINATION EAS AND RFID SECURITY TAG HAVING STRUCTURE FOR ORIENTING A HYBRID ANTENNA RFID ELEMENT - A security tag including independent EAS and RFID components disposed in a housing configured for geometric placement of the RFID and EAS components for optimum RFID performance. The EAS component is situated in a first compartment and the RFID component is situated in a second compartment. The RFID component includes a hybrid antenna RFID inlay and an IC chip. The tag housing includes a key structure that minimizes the de-tuning of both the EAS and RFID components by positioning the IC chip such that the IC chip is closer to a first side of the second compartment than the second side of the second compartment when the antenna inlay is inserted within the housing. The housing further includes one or more pins that raise the RFID inlay above the magnetic resonator of the EAS component to further insure optimal RFID read performance.01-06-2011
20090066516Dual Mode RFID Tag Utilizing Dual Antennas - An RFID tags is constructed and arranged to have two or more antennas that are operable in two different frequency bands. An integrated circuit (IC) of the RFID tag is capable of configuring the RFID tag to operate as two distinct state machines, one corresponding to each of the frequency bands and antennas. A switch, responsive to manual control or an external signal causes the RFID tag to selectively operate in either of its modes and frequency bands.03-12-2009
20090066517Rfid tag and method and apparatus for manufacturing same - A Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag using multiple microradios and inkjet printing techniques together with a method and system for manufacturing and applying the tag to an end item are disclosed.03-12-2009
20110025507ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A method of manufacturing an electronic device includes the steps of: forming a conductive pattern on a film made of a resin material and thereby forming a base body on which a circuit chip is mounted; forming a reinforcing layer that suppresses expansion and contraction of the film in either one of a mounting area on the film which area the circuit chip is mounted on and a rear area at the back of the mounting area; applying a thermosetting adhesive; mounting the circuit chip; pinching the base body mounted with the circuit chip by a heating device that heats the thermosetting adhesive and has a pressing section and a supporting section; and fixing the circuit chip to the conductive pattern by hardening the thermosetting adhesive through heating by the heating device.02-03-2011
20110018715RFID TAG-EMBEDDED CASINO CHIP - Disclosed is a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag-embedded casino chip. The RFID tag-embedded casino chip includes an Integrated Circuit (IC) and an antennae connected to the IC. The RFID tag has a frequency which is equal to or greater than 20 MHz and is equal to or less than 25 MHz.01-27-2011
20110043363RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG, AND METHOD AND MOLD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag includes a circuit chip including a pad for an electrical connection on one surface thereof, a molding part receiving the circuit chip therein while exposing the pad to the outside, and an antenna formed on an outer surface of the molding part, having a predetermined pattern shape and electrically connected to the pad.02-24-2011
20110115631Electronic Label, Method for Monitoring Products and Method for Data Communication - A label comprises at least one support component, at least one antenna, at least one display, the display comprising electronic ink arranged on a support, at least one transponder, at least one sensor means, and at least one touch-sensitive surface for operation.05-19-2011
20100141454RF TAG READER FOR ACCURATE POSITION DETERMINATION - A system for accurate positioning using radio frequency tags and corresponding method thereof. The system comprises at least two antennas in phased array combination and an RF tag position determination unit coupled with the at least two antennas. The system also comprises a main RF output and a position detection output. The RF tag position determination unit arranged to generate a position detection signal at the position detection output responsive to comparison of a signal received by each of the at least two antennas.06-10-2010
20100164725TRANSPONDER DEMODULATOR FOR A LOW ANTENNA LIMITER THRESHOLD - An RFID transponder having an antenna for receiving an RF signal including an amplitude modulated downlink data signal, and a demodulating stage coupled to the antenna for receiving a derived RF signal which is derived from the received RF signal. The demodulating stage has a first filter for extracting a field strength signal component from the derived RF signal and a second filter for extracting the modulated downlink data signal component from the derived RF signal. Further, a demodulator is coupled to the second filter to receive the modulated downlink signal for demodulating the modulated downlink data signal component and coupled to the first filter to receive the field strength signal such that the demodulator is adapted to vary a demodulation sensitivity parameter in response to the field strength signal.07-01-2010
20100026498Method and System for Adapting a Mobile Computing Device with an RFID Antenna - The present invention relates to systems, methods, and devices, for adapting a radio frequency identification (“RFID”) antenna, such as an ultrahigh frequency (“UHF”) antenna, at a front end of a mobile computing device without impacting the performance of the device. Described is a device including a housing having a front end, a data capturing arrangement positioned on the front end, the data capturing arrangement collecting data from one or more automatic identification items, and at least one antenna positioned at the front end, the at least one antenna transmitting and receiving data from at least one target over a radio frequency. Further described is a system including a mobile computing device including a housing having a front end, a data capturing arrangement positioned on the front end, the data capturing arrangement collecting data from one or more automatic identification items, and at least one antenna positioned at the front end, the at least one antenna transmitting and receiving data from at least one target over a radio frequency.02-04-2010
20090219157APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR PLACING RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) ANTENNAS, TAGS, AND/OR INTERROGATORS - In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a first support configured to retain a first radio frequency identification antenna. The first radio frequency identification antenna can be configured to send a first reference signal. The apparatus also includes a second support configured to support an object and a movable carriage configured to retain and selectively position a second radio frequency identification antenna. The second radio frequency identification antenna can be configured to receive the first reference signal and can be configured to send a second reference signal to a signal analyzer. The second reference signal can be based on a position of at least one of the first radio frequency identification antenna, the object, or the second radio frequency identification antenna.09-03-2009
20100052911SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUS FOR RFID TAG DETECTION - A system for tracking objects that include radio frequency identification (RFID) tags associated therewith. The system including a structure substantially defining an enclosure, a reflective interior of the enclosure configured for the reflection of radio signals, at least one conveyor belt that transports the objects through the structure, at least one RFID reader panel inside the structure, wherein the at least one RFID reader panel transmits a radio signal into the interior of the structure such that the radio signal will reflect off of the interior of the structure to increase a probability that the RFID tags associated with the objects that enter the structure are read, and an operator terminal that receives and stores information regarding read RFID tags from the at least one reader panel.03-04-2010
20100052912METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR AN ID CARD SECURITY SWITCH - To prevent the unwanted activation and/or reading of data within an ID card, a manually actuatable switch, such as a slider switch, is provided (e.g., along an edge of the card) to allow the user to selectively activate and deactivate an operational characteristic of the card. The “operational characteristic” of the card might include, for example, power on/off, the ability to respond to external signals, operation of the RF antenna, the transfer of data, and/or any other operational characteristics that assists in preventing unwanted access.03-04-2010
20110068925RFID TAG MONITORING SYSTEM - An RFID tag monitoring system with multiple reader units each equipped with processing capacity sufficient to enable the unit to operate autonomously under its own command and control as well as to register in its individual memory the identity of all of the items that potentially could be present at any particular time at a zone or zones to which it is assigned as well as the particular zone at which a specific RFID tagged item is found; data compression at the reader units permits timely reporting of inventory to a main computer.03-24-2011
20100295683SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - A semiconductor device typified by a wireless tag, which has improved mechanical strength, can be formed by a more simple process at a low cost and prevent radio waves from being shielded, and a manufacturing method of the semiconductor device. According to the invention, a wireless tag includes a thin film integrated circuit formed of an isolated TFT having a thin film semiconductor film. The wireless tag may be attached directly to an object, or attached to a flexible support such as plastic and paper before being attached to an object. The wireless tag of the invention may include an antenna as well as the thin film integrated circuit. The antenna allows to communicate signals between a reader/writer and the thin film integrated circuit, and to supply a power source voltage from the reader/writer to the thin film integrated circuit.11-25-2010
20110187533Antenna for Near Field Radio-Frequency Identification and Method and System for Use Thereof - An antenna array and method of operation are disclosed for providing a very thin antenna arrangement with large coverage area for RFID applications and long distance sensitivity. The antenna arrangement comprises two or more antenna elements, each element comprises a planar spiral of conductive material with a feed terminal at one end of the spiral and preferably at its outer end. Each adjacent couple of antenna elements may be arranged with the direction of rotation of their spiral being in opposite directions. Each antenna element may be fed with RFID signal independently from the other antenna elements and preferably the antenna elements are fed one at a time.08-04-2011
20100302039COMMUNICATION DEVICE, ANTENNA DEVICE, AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A communication device includes a conductor plane, a first loop antenna disposed on one surface of the conductor plane via a first magnetic sheet, a second loop antenna being in a loop direction opposite to a loop direction of the first loop antenna and having an opening structure approximately identical in shape to the first loop antenna, the second loop antenna being disposed on another surface of the conductor plane via a second magnetic sheet so as to be roughly superposed on the first loop antenna, and a communication circuit processing a communication signal transmitted and received by the first and second loop antennas.12-02-2010
20080252461Identification-Medium-Equipped Article, True-False Decision on Such Article, and Commodity Distribution Control Method - A short-range communication RFID which is a first identification medium 10-16-2008
20080204250RFID tag - A RFID tag includes a base that extends in a predetermined longitudinal direction; an antenna for communication that is wired on the base; a circuit chip that is electrically connected to the antenna and conducts radio communication via the antenna; and a sealant that covers a top of the circuit chip and seals the circuit chip in cooperation with the base. A portion of the antenna that is exposed without being covered with the sealant extends in the width direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction.08-28-2008
20100283615Conductive Pattern and Method of Making - A method of forming an electrically-conductive pattern includes selectively electroplating the top portions of a substrate that corresponds to the pattern, and separating the conductive pattern from the substrate. The electroplating may also include electrically connecting the conductive pattern to an electrical component. Conductive ink, such as ink including carbon particles, may be selectively placed on the conductive substrate to facilitate plating of the desired pattern and/or to facilitate separation of the pattern from the substrate. An example of a conductive pattern is an antenna for a radio-frequency identification (RFID) device such as a label or a tag. One example of an electrical component that may be electrically connected to the antenna, is an RFID strap or chip.11-11-2010
20080218355Optically addressed RFID elements - There are provided connectors, cables, cable assemblies, network components, and systems wherein optically addressed RFID functionality is incorporated. Also provided are optically addressed RFID elements in general. The RFID elements utilize an optical tap to direct a portion of the optical signal traveling through an optical fiber to a transducer. The transducer creates an electrical signal which may be used to write information to an integrated circuit of, transmit an RF signal to, and/or provide power to the RFID element.09-11-2008
20100060457ELONGATED TWIN FEED LINE RFID ANTENNA WITH DISTRIBUTED RADIATION PERTURBATIONS - An RFID antenna comprising an elongated structure existing along an axis that is long compared to the signal wavelength and including twin ribbon-like feed lines of electrically conductive material, the feed lines being in a common plane and being uniformly laterally spaced from one another, and a plurality of radiating perturbations associated with the feed lines at a plurality of locations spaced along the feed lines, at each location each feed line has its own individual perturbation or portion of a perturbation.03-11-2010
20100060456RF COMMUNICATION DEVICE WITH ENERGY ENHANCEMENT - A method of operating a radio frequency (RF) communication device includes internally storing energy received by the RF communication device, and using that energy to enhance communication by the RF communication device upon occurrence of a predetermined event. The energy received by the RF communication device may be energy transmitted by a shelf or other display unit that an object with the RF communication device is located on. The predetermined event may be any of a wide variety of events. The energy storage may be accomplished in a battery, capacitor, or other energy storage device. The use of energy to enhance communication may be used to provide increased power for sending, receiving, or detecting signals. The enhanced power may be provided continuously, and/or may include periods of power enhancement alternating with periods of non-enhancement.03-11-2010
20110163879SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR STIRRING ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS AND INTERROGATING STATIONARY RFID TAGS - RFID tags are used for many purpose including tracking RFID interrogators are used to retrieve information from tags. In many applications, RFID interrogators and RFID tags remain stationary during interrogation. Regions of low energy due to interference from either additional antenna or reflections from RFID tags and objects can impede or prohibit the reading of RFID tags residing in such regions. Stirring of the generated electromagnetic field is a method of moving around the regions of low energy, where tags can not be read, during the interrogation process. Mechanical stirring is accomplished by introducing a conductor into the electromagnetic field and moving it about in the field. Solid state stirring is accomplished by introducing a variable conductor into the field and varying the conductivity of the variable conductor. Mathematical stirring is accomplished by use of a plurality of antenna and controlling the phase difference between the antenna in a configuration known as phased antenna arrays.07-07-2011
20090174557COMPACT FLEXIBLE HIGH GAIN ANTENNA FOR HANDHELD RFID READER - A compact flexible high gain antenna is disclosed which includes a co-planar array of at least three substantially parallel main conducting antenna elements, a reflector, a driven element, and a director. Each of these elements may be terminated on the ends by a stub element, and the reflector and the director may include an intermediate meander element. Stub elements capacitively load the antenna, while meander elements inductively load the antenna, and the loading affects the resonant frequency of the antenna. The conducting antenna elements may be affixed to a flexible dielectric substrate and may be bent or curved into different compact shapes, suitable for fitting manufacturing form factors for a handheld RFID reader. The antenna has a high directional gain which results in a longer operating range.07-09-2009
20100302040TWO-DIMENSIONAL ANTENNA CONFIGURATION - In one embodiment, an antenna configuration for locating RFID tags has two sets of (mutually orthogonal) elongated reader coils, where each elongated reader coil corresponds to two or more different possible locations of RFID tags, and each possible location is associated with one reader coil in each of the two sets. The identities and locations of RFID tags can be determined by (sequentially) energizing the different sets of reader coils and correlating the recorded responses from RFID tags. In one application, the antenna configuration is used at the box level of a cold storage system for biological samples having one or more freezers, each freezer having one or racks, each rack receiving one or more boxes, each box receiving one or more sample containers, where, in addition to the biological sample, each sample container has a unique passive RFID tag.12-02-2010
20090027209Dual antenna base station for improved RFID localization - A base station that uses an antenna assembly and associated signal processing where the antenna assembly includes at least one directional antenna, developing information from which a determination is made regarding the direction from which a received signal is coming. By employing a plurality of such base stations the location of a transmitting tag is ascertained.01-29-2009
20090212953RFID-Transponder and device having an RFID-Transponder as well as a method of making an antenna for an RFID-Transponder - The invention relates to an RFID-transponder, an optical element (08-27-2009
20090219158RFID TAGS WITH ENHANCED RANGE AND BANDWIDTH OBTAINED BY SPATIAL ANTENNA DIVERSITY - Spatial antenna diversity is used with RFID tags to reduce sensitivity to multi-path fading. RFID tags can use a single multi-port chip or multiple multi-port chips. The ports of the chip or chips are coupled to separated feedpoints on one or more antennas.09-03-2009
20090079574RFID TAG - A circuit chip having a loop-shaped antenna coil on a main surface and a tag sheet having an antenna pattern on a main surface are prepared, and the circuit chip is mounted on the main surface of the tag sheet so as not to place over the antenna pattern. The circuit chip is placed closely to the antenna pattern, and at least the half of the main surface is desirably faced against the antenna pattern. Thus, signals and/or power can be securely exchanged between the circuit chip (or antenna coil) and the antenna pattern. Therefore, a high-performance and rigid RFID tag can be obtained by roughly aligning the circuit chip and the tag sheet.03-26-2009
20110095892READER BASED ON RFID - Disclosed is an RFID-based reader configured to allow a UHF band RFID reader unit to recognize an RFID tag in a short distance, and to minimize an erroneous recognition, the reader including a gate frame discretely installed at both sides of an entrance and exit, a parabolic surface type reflective plate perpendicularly installed inside of the gate frame, an array antenna arranged on the reflective plate for receiving a tag information transmitted from an RFID tag, and an RFID reader unit for controlling an operation of the array antenna and converting the tag information received from the array antenna to a tag data.04-28-2011
20110095891PRODUCT AND ELECTRONIC TAG ASSEMBLY - A host article and electronic tag assembly includes an article portion of rubber-based material composition. The electronic device and antenna attach to or are embedded within the article portion. The antenna is constructed to be flexible and at least partially composed of a flexible conductive material such as conductive rubber. The flexible antenna conductive material is selected to provide material composition properties substantially equivalent to the rubber-based article portion, whereby rendering the antenna mechanically compatible for incorporation into the article portion. A change in compression within the rubber-based article portion changes compression forces exerted from the article portion on the antenna arms which, in turn, results in a detectable change in signal strength from the tag. The antenna may further be configured and positioned within the article portion to change transmission characteristics responsive to a change of air pressure in an ambient adjacent air mass within the article, and thereby function as an air pressure sensor.04-28-2011
20080231457Radio direction finder for gaming chip and/or player tracking - Various techniques are disclosed for facilitating tracking locations of players and/or wireless communication devices in a casino network. In at least one embodiment, an electronically switched Doppler antenna array may be utilized to detect a first wireless signal from a first signal source. Bearing information may be generated using information from the detected signal. In at least one embodiment, the bearing information may include a first directional bearing to the first signal source. Using at least a portion of the first bearing information, a first location of the first signal source may be determined. According to specific embodiments, the first signal source may correspond to a wireless communication device such as an RFID-enabled player tracking card or gaming chip. In at least one embodiment, a current location of the wireless communication device may be automatically tracked in real-time as the wireless communication device is moved through a first region of the casino.09-25-2008
20120013469ANTENNA SHEET, TAG, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING TAG - An antenna sheet includes a mounting section on which an integrated circuit (IC) chip electrically connected with an antenna pattern is mounted, a first loop forming section that extends from both ends of the mounting section that holds the IC chip therebetween and forms a first loop, an intersection portion in which at least parts of both forefronts of the first loop forming section intersect with each other, and a second loop forming section that extends from the forefronts of the first loop forming section that intersect in the intersection portion and forms a second loop outside the first loop.01-19-2012
20090231141RFID TAG USING MONOPOLE ANTENNA - A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag using a monopole antenna is provided, in which an antenna structure is disposed on a metal plate, two ends of an RFID chip are electrically connected to the antenna structure, and the antenna structure and the RFID chip form a loop structure. The RFID tag can be disposed on a surface of an object to be measured, or disposed in an inner accommodation space of the object to be measured, so it is widely used in various applications. Additionally, the RFID tag is easily manufactured, so the production cost can be reduced. Furthermore, the RFID tag has a larger readable distance, and an electromagnetic wave emitting direction of the RFID tag is adjustable according to different included angles between the metal plate and the antenna structure, thereby causing signals to be read easily and identification ability to improve, two desirable effects.09-17-2009
20090058657METHODS AND SYSTEMS USING POLARIZATION MODULATED ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES - Methods and systems using polarization modulated electromagnetic waves. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are systems comprising a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader, and a RFID tag (the RFID tag communicatively coupled to the RFID reader),. The RFID tag is configured to transmit data to the RFID reader with data encoded in polarization of electromagnetic waves transmitted from the RFID tag.03-05-2009
20090058658Tag Antenna and Tag - A tag antenna is composed of a dielectric spacer, and an antenna pattern which is formed on one of surfaces of the spacer and has a size smaller than one half of a wavelength at an operating frequency, and in which a slit pattern suitable for the resistance and the capacitive components of a chip to be mounted is formed.03-05-2009
20090058656INVERTED F ANTENNA WITH COPLANAR FEED AND RFID DEVICE HAVING SAME - An RFID device according to one embodiment includes an inverted F antenna having an active portion, a ground plane spaced from the active portion, and a feed coupled to and coplanar with the active portion; and an RFID controller coupled to the feed. An inverted F antenna according to another embodiment includes a substrate for an RFID device; an active portion coupled to the substrate; a ground plane spaced from the active portion; and a feed coupled to and coplanar with the active portion. An inverted F antenna according to yet another embodiment includes an active portion coupled to the substrate; a ground plane spaced from the active portion; a feed coupled to and coplanar with the active portion; and an extension portion being selectively coupleable to the active portion for altering a wavelength of the inverted F antenna.03-05-2009
20110199212SYSTEM AND CASE FOR TRACKING ARTICLES - The present invention provides an article tracking and control system that records articles when they are entered into or removed from a case. Each article is tagged with an RFID tag and is identified individually by the system. The system comprises: wireless identification means attached to each article; a case for containing the tagged articles; an antenna mounted close to the cover of the case so that the antenna is able to read the tagged articles entering or being removed from the case, while tagged articles inside the case are not detected by said antenna; processing means for tracking each entry and removal of a tagged article into or out of the case; and means for visualizing reports and/or alerts regarding the status of tagged articles inside the case.08-18-2011
20110205058RFID BRIDGE ANTENNA - A package for at least two objects includes RFID bridge antennas, having RF antenna elements, for wirelessly communicating data between a tag associated with each object and a reader. An electromagnetic carrier signal transmitted by the reader antenna is received by one of the RF antenna element and retransmitted to the tag antenna by the other RF antenna element, increasing the distance over which the tag can communicate with the reader. Where the tag is attached to a packaged object, the RFID bridge antenna may be included in the package to allow wireless data communication between the tag and a reader. The reader may also be located external to the package. For example, one of the RF antenna elements may be attached to a label on the package, allowing data stored in the tag to be extracted by the external reader.08-25-2011
20120182147Sensing properties of a material loading a UHF RFID tag by analysis of the complex reflection backscatter at different frequencies and power levels - An RFID device for sensing the properties of a material in proximity to a UHF tag. The RFID device includes a microchip, an antenna operatively coupled to the microchip, and an impedance transforming section operatively coupled to the microchip and to the antenna. Changing an electrical characteristic of at least one component of the RFID device results in a complex reflected signal at a reader device representing a sensed state of a material in proximity to the RFID device.07-19-2012
20100295682Radio tag and system - Passive tags use two antennas with only limited mutual coupling, one of which receives a power/clock field and the other of which receives a data signal. An area-reading antenna, or two or more antennas, are deployed to generate the power/clock field, from a base station. The base station, or active tags, or both, generate the data signals from time to time. This topology together with the use of low frequencies permits area reads, and permits small and economical passive tags, and further permits localization of a particular passive tag as being nearby to a particular active tag.11-25-2010
20080297355Container with Electronic Tag and RFID System Using the Container with Electronic Tag - According to a first aspect, there is provided a container with an electronic tag that can efficiently manage information on many containers, and is excellent in heat resistance or others, simple in structure and easy in manufacturing, wherein a bottom of a glass container body and the electronic tag are protected against mechanical impacts. According to a second aspect, there are provided a container with an electronic tag that can manage information on a product in the container and so forth without spoiling the appearance of the container accommodating the product and an RFID system using the container.12-04-2008
20110025506REMOTE COMMUNICATION DEVICES, RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION DEVICES, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHODS, RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION DEVICE COMMUNICATION METHODS, AND METHODS OF FORMING A REMOTE COMMUNICATION DEVICE - Remote communication devices, radio frequency identification devices, wireless communication systems, wireless communication methods, radio frequency identification device communication methods, and methods of forming a remote intelligent communication device are provided. According to one aspect, a remote intelligent communication device includes communication circuitry configured to at least one of receive communication signals and generate communication signals; and an antenna coupled with the communication circuitry and substantially tuned to a plurality of frequencies, the antenna being configured to communicate wireless signals corresponding to the communication signals including at least one of receiving wireless signals and outputting wireless signals. Another aspect includes a wireless communication method including providing a remote intelligent communication device having an antenna substantially tuned to a plurality of frequencies; and communicating wireless signals using the antenna including at least one of receiving wireless signals at one of the frequencies and outputting wireless signals at one of the frequencies.02-03-2011
20090079573LARGE SCALE FOLDED DIPOLE ANTENNA FOR NEAR-FIELD RFID APPLICATIONS - In accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention, reader antennas are provided within storage fixtures or supporting fixtures for transporting RF signals between, for example, an RFID reader and an RFID tag. In a preferred embodiment, the RFID-enabled fixtures are implemented using an intelligent network, which may allow enhanced flexibility in controlling systems for interrogation of RFID antennas.03-26-2009
20110156910Method for the Securing and Monitoring of Containers and Container with Securing and Monitoring Device - A method of monitoring a container that holds goods, in which one or more surfaces of the container have an electrically conductive material that acts as a sensor to detect state changes in physical properties of the container, comprises obtaining state information from the electrically conductive material and determining a position of the container. The method further comprises associating the state information with the position of the container, detecting data about the goods from an RFID tag located on the goods via an antenna that is installed around the opening edge of the container when the goods are loaded into the container and passed by the antenna, and transmitting at least one of the state information, the position of the container or the data about the goods to a data processing unit.06-30-2011
20080252463RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAGS FOR DIGITAL STORAGE DISCS - A universal low cost radio frequency identification (RFID) tag for use with data storage discs includes an RFID chip, e.g., 2.45 GHz mu-RFID chip, coupled to a linear dipole antenna. The antenna length is reduced in length from the expected length for an optimally tuned antenna corresponding to the operating radio frequency of the RFID chip in a free space environment. The antenna is placed in the tag such as to substantially overlap disc hub area and not extend into data area. The combination of the shortened linear dipole antenna and metallization on the disc to which the tag is applied effectively form a complex antenna operational in the RFID chip's frequency range. The RFID tag works on CDs and DVDs with and without substantially metallized hub areas. The RFID tag is less 0.3 mm thick and may include: ring shape, adhesive material, spacing material achieving uniform thickness, a counterbalance provision.10-16-2008
20080252462RFID TAG - An RFID tag according to the present invention includes a first antenna on which an IC chip is mounted and a second antenna extending from an end of the first antenna in a direction at right angles to the first antenna. The first antenna has an arbitrarily electrical length and the second antenna has an electrical length of λ/2 or an integral multiple of λ/2. A resin base film having a thickness of approximately 50 μm is disposed on the back side of the first antenna and the second antenna. With this configuration of a tag antenna, the second antenna resonates with the first antenna to exhibit a radio wave amplifying effect. Therefore, a long communication distance can be achieved even if the electrical length of the first antenna is chosen to be short or the thickness of the base film is chosen to be thin.10-16-2008
20080238687Secure RFID device - An RFID device comprises a device body and an antenna integrally located thereon. The device comprises a metallic chassis about the body, the antenna is spaced by at least one millimeter from the metallic chassis, and the antenna is tuned to achieve resonance at a desired operating frequency at the integral location. That is to say tuning is adjusted to take account of a change in inductance due to the proximity of the metallic chassis. Use of metal in the chassis makes the device more secure, whether against vandalism or against the elements.10-02-2008
20080238683ANTENNA FOR RFID DEVICE READER, AND METHOD OF USE - An antenna for use with an RFID device reader includes a metallic plate and multiple antenna elements attached to the metallic plate. The antenna elements may consist of two prongs each, with the prongs of each element arrayed in a diagonal configuration, and with the two prongs forming an X-shape. Each of the prongs may include a pair of L-shape prong parts that are coupled together by an electrical element connecting the corners of the L-shape prong parts. The distal ends of all of the prong parts of the antenna elements may together form a substantially square shape. Each of the antenna elements may be coupled to a single conductor, for connection to an RFID reader. The connection may be through a suitable standard coupling, such as a coaxial cable with a suitable connector.10-02-2008
20080231459Cargo Container Monitoring Device - According to one embodiment, a cargo container monitoring system includes components located on a cargo ship for collecting cargo container status information for a plurality of cargo containers. The components include at least one combination data logger and gateway device. The combination device includes a first antenna and a second antenna. The first antenna is configured to receive first wireless communications signals transmitted by a plurality of tags at a first frequency. Each tag is associated with a particular one of the cargo containers and the first wireless communications signals received from each tag include cargo container status information for the associated cargo container. The second antenna is configured to transmit second wireless communications signals to an access point at a second frequency. The second wireless communications signals include the cargo container status information received from the plurality of tags and the first frequency is different from the second frequency.09-25-2008
20080231458RFID TAG WITH REDUCED DETUNING CHARACTERISTICS - An RFID tag and an RFID access card configured to reduce detuning effects from a typical RFID environment. The present invention provides an RFID tag that is specifically configured to reduce the detuning effects caused by initiating communication between an RFID tag and an RFID tag reader in the presence of materials such as metal, liquid, and the human body. In one embodiment, the present invention provides an RFID tag comprising an electronic circuit portion attached to a main antenna body portion, the main antenna body portion having two opposite side portions, which are substantially symmetrical with respect to one another, wherein each side portion extends outwardly to form a generally side-oriented v-shape.09-25-2008
20080231456System, method and kit for managing inventory - A system, method and kit for managing RFID-tagged articles. The kit allows transforming a cabinet to an RFID-enabled cabinet. The transformation can be performed in the field. The RFID-enabled cabinet is fitted with a controller, communication means, one or more RFID readers, one or more antennae for reading RFID tags, and a multiplexer connecting the RFID reader and the antennae. Each antenna comprises a switch for activating and deactivating the antenna and a tuning board. No more than one antenna is activated at a given time thus avoiding interference between the different antennae. A central database can communicate with the RFID-enabled cabinets thus managing an inventory of RFID-enabled articles across multiple cabinets in multiple geographies.09-25-2008
20080231455ANTENNA FOR RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION RFID TAGS - An antenna configured for a radio frequency identification (RFID) device, the antenna comprising a first conductive element over a substrate, the first conductive element extending between a first end and a second end, and a second conductive element over the substrate, the second conductive element including a first path extending between a third end and a fourth end, a second path extending from the third end to a fifth end, and a third path extending from the third end to a sixth end, wherein the first end of the first conductive element is separated from but near one of the fifth end of the second path and the sixth end of the third path of the second conductive element.09-25-2008
20090045961Antenna systems for passive RFID tags - Antenna systems for passive radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags. The antenna systems have a very small form factor with good power harvesting and good performance in proximity to other antennas. The antenna system includes at least one, and preferably two, parallel serpentine antenna elements formed on, or otherwise supported by, an antenna substrate so that a RFID-tag integrated circuit (IC) can be electrically contacted to the antenna system at one end of the antenna substrate. A conducting wire that runs in the same direction as the at least one serpentine antenna element is used to match impedance and enhance antenna performance and power flow between the antenna and the IC. An impedance-matching circuit may be employed in place of the conducting wire to facilitate impedance matching between the antenna and the IC.02-19-2009
20080224874Precisely tuned RFID antenna - The present invention describes an RFID antenna manufacturing system whereby the RFID antenna becomes an integral part of an integrated circuit package. The RFID manufacturing system contemplated by this invention includes photoresist manufacturing techniques to produce a template or die specifically designed to mass produce RFID transponders whereby the chip and antenna becomes one integrated unit. The RFID antenna template or die is precisely tuned, using trimming algorithms and laser technology, to resonate with electro magnetic signal increments of 2 megahertz. According to this system each increment is assigned to a different category in a supply chain. This invention reduces the cost, size and weight of prior art RFID transponders. This invention reduces signal to noise ratio by producing precisely tuned antennas which provide a gatekeeper function directly correlated to ambient electro magnetic signals.09-18-2008
20080204249Radio frequency identification systems for electronic devices - A system comprises an electronic device for providing a particular electronic function, an radio frequency identification (RFID) tag connecting to an antenna, and an interface for connecting the primary module and the RFID tag. The RFID tag is capable of having wireless communicating through the antenna. The electronic device and the RFID tag are capable of communicating with each other through the interface.08-28-2008
20080198021System For Monitoring Items in a Container - A container having a compactor and bin for waste is disclosed permitting on-premises and remote monitoring of the system and collection is disclosed. The system can also detect non-complaint materials placed therein and act thereon. Methods are further disclosed for inventorying identification tags for tracking packages, merchandise and tags disposed of.08-21-2008
20080198020Metal Closure With Rfid Device - A closure (08-21-2008
20080198019RFID antenna and amplification - An RFID antenna and amplification system whereby aluminum shaving or ceramic powder resin strips form a part of product shelving. The strips are embedded into or added unto or attached to the shelving through a process of extrusion and adhesion. The shelving can be located in a warehouse, distribution center, or retail environment (hereinafter the “environment”). The embedded or added on or attached strips act as a super antenna for gathering a remote source magneto-electric signal interrogation. The remote source is contemplated to be a cellular telephone transmission tower radiating microwave electromagnetic signals. The super antenna gathers the interrogating microwave frequency electromagnetic signal and sends this signal through a wired or wireless connection to a transformer located in the environment, on or near the product shelving. The transformer then modulates the microwave inquiry to the resonant frequency of the RFID tags attached to or embedded in articles located on shelves in the environment. The transformer is an integral part of an interrogator which reads individual RFID tags at an item level using the RFID industry standard “backscatter” methodology. The tag interrogation is conducted at an amplified and consistent power setting, fewer than two watts, to maximize the read rate of the RFID tags. The transformer is powered by a wall socket. The same power source is connected back to the original super antenna. The transformer communicates the harvested RFID tag data to the super antenna. The super antenna then responds to the initial interrogation by the remote source via active microwave electromagnetic signal.08-21-2008
20100308997METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING CAVITY HEIGHT OF A LEAKY WAVE ANTENNA FOR RFID COMMUNICATIONS - Methods and systems for controlling cavity height of a leaky wave antenna for RFID communications are disclosed. In this regard, an RFID transponder may receive RF signals via a leaky wave antenna and modulate a frequency of a backscattered signal by controlling a height of a resonant cavity of the leaky wave antenna. The height of the resonant cavity may be controlled via a micro-electromechanical system. The RFID transponder may modulate an amplitude of the backscattered signal by controlling an input impedance of the RFID transponder. The input impedance may be controlled by switching a load in and out of a receive path of the RFID transponder. The input impedance of the RFID transponder may be controlled by switching between a plurality of feed points of the leaky wave antenna. Each of the plurality of feed points may be located in a different position in the resonant cavity of the leaky wave antenna.12-09-2010
20110279274RFID READER - A radio frequency identification (RFID) reader includes an antenna unit and a signal processing unit. The antenna unit splits an input RF signal into a plurality of signals and respectively transmit the split signals through a plurality of antennae by setting the amplitudes or phases of the split signals to be different from one another. The signal processing unit is connected to the antenna unit through one transmission line, and transmits an RF signal to which a DC signal is added to the antenna unit. Accordingly, the amplitude and phase of the RF signal are set variable, so that it is possible to extend the identification range by dynamically controlling an antenna radiation pattern of the RFID reader and to stably communicate with the tag by decreasing the error rate of reception data.11-17-2011
20100019908CIRCUIT STRUCTURE AND METHOD OF FABRICATION FOR FACILITATING RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) - A radio frequency identification (RFID) device and method of fabrication are presented. The RFID device includes an RFID antenna, a capacitor, and an RFID integrated circuit. The RFID antenna includes an elongate conductive trace disposed within an antenna area of the RFID device, and the capacitor includes an elongate capacitive structure for storing power. The elongate capacitive structure is aligned with the elongate conductive trace and embedded within the antenna area of the RFID device. The RFID integrated circuit is electrically coupled to the RFID antenna and to the capacitor, and the capacitor stores power within the antenna area of the RFID device to facilitate RFID integrated circuit functionality.01-28-2010

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