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Towards Electronic Product Coding with RFID tags based on hybrid organic-oxide complementary thin-film technology

Project description

Flexible, organic and large area electronics ORICLA will be the world’s benchmark for RFID performance with Organic and Large Area Electronics, OLAE. RFID is an important technology e.g. in logistics, to transmit an identification code by radio waves (at high frequency (HF) or ultra-high frequency (UHF) between a transponder and a reader. The Electronic Product Code (EPC) protocol has been developed for use in high volume RFID logistic applications. EPC tags are widely used today on pallet level, and will later be used for packages and ultimately on item level. Such tags could also capture and transmit information on the environment (e.g. temperature) of the object of which they carry the identification. Thus, they will enable the vision of creating smart objects. OLAE technologies have key assets to capture large markets in this business: they allow to strongly reduce cost compared to Si chips, and simultaneously offer true mechanical flexibility, required for integration of tags onto items. Today OLAE RFID tags are limited in performance. The ORICLA partners will realize new OLAE chip technologies, based on complementary logic with organic and oxide semiconductors and on self-aligned imprint lithography as upscaleable patterning technology that can provide suitable dimensions. This unique combination will lead to demonstration of OLAE chips and tags with EPC-like performance, in particular showing: (i) bi-directional communication (i.e. the tag can understand and talk to the reader); (ii) EPC-compatible bit rates of 25 kbit/s; (iii) the first UHF (867 MHz) OLAE tags.The partners of the project are uniquely placed to realize these ambitious challenges. POLYIC is the first company, which demonstrated RFID tags produced by roll to roll printing. EVONIK develops unique oxide semiconductor materials. IMEC and TNO recently made the OLAE chip with the largest memory (128 bits) and a rectifier working at ultrahigh frequency.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/electrical conductivity/semiconductor
  • /social sciences/economics and business

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2009-4
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator Contact

Paul HEREMANS (Prof.)

Coordinator

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Belgium
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 017 855
Administrative Contact
Christine Van Houtven (Ms.)

Participants (4)

EVONIK INDUSTRIES AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 599 470
Address
Rellinghauser Strasse 1-11
45128 Essen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mark Knochenhauer (Mr.)
POLYIC GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 593 756
Address
Tucherstrasse
90763 Furth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jürgen Ficker (Dr.)
EVONIK OPERATIONS GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rellinghauser Strasse 1-11
45128 Essen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Heiko Thiem (Dr.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 803 919
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Erwin Meinders (Dr.)