1st Edition

RFID Design Fundamentals and Applications

By Albert Lozano-Nieto Copyright 2010
    283 Pages 153 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    RFID is an increasingly pervasive tool that is now used in a wide range of fields. It is employed to substantiate adherence to food preservation and safety standards, combat the circulation of counterfeit pharmaceuticals, and verify authenticity and history of critical parts used in aircraft and other machinery—and these are just a few of its uses.

    Goes beyond deployment, focusing on exactly how RFID actually works

    RFID Design Fundamentals and Applications systematically explores the fundamental principles involved in the design and characterization of RFID technologies. The RFID market is exploding. With new and enhanced applications becoming increasingly integral to government and industrial chain supply and logistics around the globe, professionals must be proficient in the evaluation and deployment of these systems. Although manufacturers provide complete and extensive documentation of each individual RFID component, it can be difficult to synthesize and apply this complex information—and users often must consult and integrate data from several producers for different components.

    This book covers topics including:

    • Types of antennas used in transponders
    • Components of the transponder, memory structure and logic circuits
    • Antennae for RFID interrogators
    • Types of modulation
    • Organization and characteristics of commercial transponders
    • Communication links
    • Modes of operation for transponders operating at different frequencies
    • Principles of arbitration and anti-collision
    • Commands used by transponders

    This powerful reference helps to resolve this dilemma by compiling a systematic overview of the different parts that make up the whole RFID system, helping the reader develop a clear and understanding of its mechanisms and how the technology actually works. Most books on RFID focus on commercial use and deployment of the technology, but this volume takes a different and extremely useful approach. Directed toward both professionals and students in electronics, telecommunications, and new technologies, it fills the informational void left by other books, illustrating specific examples of available semiconductors and integrated circuits to clearly explain how RFID systems are configured, how they work, and how different system components interact with each other.

    Basic Principles of Radiofrequency Identification

    Antennas for RFID Transponders


    Antennas for Interrogators


    Interrogator Communication and Control

    The Air Communication Link

    Commands for Transponders


    Albert Lozano-Nieto is professor of engineering at Penn State. His main teaching responsibilities are focused on the baccalaureate degree in electrical engineering technology at the Wilkes-Barre campus. A native of Barcelona, Spain, he joined Penn State in 1996. Dr. Lozano-Nieto received his doctoral degree in electrical engineering in 1994 and his baccalaureate degree in telecommunication engineering in 1988, both from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain. He has also been an RFID+ certified professional, awarded by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), since 2008.

    This book is for the engineer or technologist wanting to learn about RFID technology. It is very well-written and easy to follow, and need not be read in its entirety because each chapter is self-contained. ... This book presents the necessary information in a convenient, compact form, lists many references for further study, and gives the reader a good technical understanding of the fundamentals of today’s RFID systems. It is therefore well worth its price.

    —John J. Shea, in IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, Jan/Feb 2012, Vol. 28, No. 1