Pragmatic’s ultra-thin, flexible NFC ICs (FlexICs) provide product designers with a low-cost, easy-to-integrate way to add smart functionality to everyday objects in applications that include supply-chain traceability, authentication, customer engagement monitoring, consumer and medical wearables, food and beverage services, smart shelf/checkout systems, and toys and games.
The PR1201 FlexICs measure at just 37 µm and include a 128-bit read-only memory (ROM) that is programmed at the time of manufacturing in a customisable format to suit your application. These passive devices (no battery required) can be read using a 13.56 MHz NFC probe signal (subset of ISO 14443A) using the TTO (Tag Talks Only) communication protocol at 106 kbps (typ.) for initial code transmission within 5 ms. This means that successful code injection can be quickly verified on production lines operating at standard speeds. The devices are also compatible with conventional pick-and-place assembly processes and higher-throughput parallel assembly lines.
The FlexIC devices can be read via an app or Android-based NFC-enabled system and are compatible with single-layer HF coil antennas, with or without crossover; this dramatically reduces inlay costs for discrete integration within paper or plastic labels. Designers choosing to use FlexICs within their product can be confident that their robust construction will allow them to withstand a long lifetime of use within their application. More technical information regarding Pragmatic’s FlexICs can be found in this brochure.
Pragmatic supplies their PR1201 devices either standalone or within a dry inlay where the FlexIC is attached to an aluminium antenna. The substrate of this inlay is PolyEthylene Terephthalate (PET), which is suitable for an operating temperature from -10°C to +55°C. Further details of the inlay durability can be found in Pragmatic’s dry inlay brochure.
Given the newness and novel nature of this technology, it is currently unclear how prospective partners evaluate FlexICs, but if you’ve got a commercial project in mind, fill out the form below, and ipXchange will do our best to get you a consultation with Pragmatic. Please note that the reel size for FlexICs within a dry inlay is stated as 5000 units, so this may be the minimum project size possible; this can be ascertained during your consultation.
Pragmatic also is open to manufacturing other flexible semiconductor devices using their FlexLogic process, so if this is of interest to you, use this form to apply for a consultation regarding these capabilities.