Taoglas USA, Inc, a provider of antennas for the M2M market, last week announced a new Near Field Communications (NFC) antenna and tag service for M2M devices. The FXT.01 NFC tag antenna and FXR.01 NFC reader antenna operate at 13.56MHz and provide a well-matched solution (50ohms) for NFC readers, says the company.
The FXT.01 is an off-the-shelf NFC antenna product, which measures 54x37x0.1mm and provides an average NFC tag read distance of 5cm. According to Taoglas (Dublin, Ireland), it is a flexible polymer antenna, with a coaxial cable, which connects easily to the chipset. It also comes with 3m adhesive and tape for assembly to a plastic (non-metal) enclosure by a “peel-and-stick” method.
“In 2012, it is expected that 1.4 billion cellphones will ship and up to 40% will have a NFC tag. This means that M2M devices can now become NFC readers to cellphones by simply drawing on the NFC technology inside the M2M devices,” said Dermot O’Shea, Taoglas .
The FXT.01 NFC antenna has an integrated matching circuit to provide effective antenna matching. The Q of the antenna and matching circuit combination have been selected to provide a service where bandwidth and read performance have been optimized for best tag interrogation performance, says the company.
Custom NFC antenna design is also offered by Taoglas where antenna area is maximized for specific applications in order to enhance interrogation distance. NFC tags are normally attached to the battery of mobile devices, and Taoglas’ NFC tag can also be customized with a ferrite layer to provide isolation from a battery or any other metal or groundplane in a device.
Taoglas has also released a passive NFC tag antenna, the FTX.01. It measures 45x34x0.1mm. This is also a “peel-and-stick” flexible polymer tag solution. The tag design requires no additional matching components. Similar to the FXR.01 antenna, the FXT.01 tag’s dimensions provide interrogation capability to 5 cm distance. This standard antenna tag is also manufactured in a flexible polymer material for ease of use and installation.