SMART PROTOTYPING TECHNIQUES FOR UHFRFID TAGS: ELECTROMAGNETIC CHARACTERIZATION AND COMPARISON WITH TRADITIONAL APPROACHES
L. Catarinucci, R. Colella, L. Tarricone
Progress In Electromagnetics Research
Volume: 132, 2012
Over the last few years, the active and growing interest in Radiofrequency Identi¯cation (RFID) technology has stimulated a
conspicuous research activity involving design and realization of passive label-type UHF RFID tags customized for speci¯c applications. In most of the literature, presented and discussed tags are prototyped by using either rough-and-ready procedures or photolithography techniques on rigid Printed Circuit Boards. However, for several reasons, such approaches are not the most recommended, in particular they are rather time-consuming and, moreover, they give rise to low quality devices in one case, and to cumbersome and rigid tags in the other. In this work, two alternative prototyping techniques suitable for cost-e®ective, time-saving and high-performance built-in-lab tags are introduced and discussed. The former is based on the joint use of °exible PCBs and solid ink printers. The latter makes use of a cutting plotter to precisely shape the tag antenna on thin copper sheets. Afterwards, a selection of tags, designed and manufactured by using both traditional and alternative techniques, is rigorously characterized from the electromagnetic point of view in terms of input impedance and whole tag sensitivity by means of appropriate measurement setups.
Results are then compared, thus guiding the tag designer towards the most appropriate technique on the basis of speci¯c needs.
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