SAG has unveiled the world’s smallest RFID HF aluminum antenna, measuring 0.4 x 0.4 inches, or 10.5 x 10.5 millimeters. Based in Taichung, Taiwan, SAG has been manufacturing a full product portfolio of RFID transponders for more than a decade. The new micro-sized antenna is already being used in the healthcare industry and is enabling RFID small-tagging intelligence without size constraints. SAG anticipates beginning mass production in large volumes early next year.
“We have been working with our healthcare client to develop a small tag with robust performance from a cost-effective perspective, yet offering higher quality standards,” says Terry Chiang, SAG’s GM. “SAG has a history of breakthroughs in RFID process technology to manage the quality of antenna line width to be made perfectly and consistently. The result is tremendous and we are ready to have our antenna to be put under the microscope of the marketplace.”
SAG’s smallest HF aluminum antenna is currently being used in a pilot project for product authentication in healthcare. SAG has also received inquiries from several other industries and use cases, including brand protection, smart advertising, jewelry and consumer gaming. It is ideal for applications requiring tiny tags with outstanding performance.
“The industry standard of aluminum antenna line width is 200 um; however, SAG is pushing the envelope to produce one with the smallest line width of 100 um.,” says Chiang. “Furthermore, the double-sided design along with high process stability allow the possibility for smaller antenna and enable for conversion into small inlays and labels without compromising performance or product design.
“This tag provides a new option for small tagging intelligence, and we believe this breakthrough will help many clients to overcome many challenging applications requiring smaller inlays, especially the increasing interest in the “Internet of Things” concept in which small objects can be tagged, tracked and data can be collected further.”
SAG intends to expand its HF tag product portfolio to drive further innovation and produce tags that are smaller in size but higher in quality. The product is already available in converted formats. It can be delivered in dry inlay, wet inlay or label and can also be sequentially printed and encoded to customer specifications.