industry news
Subscribe Now

EM Microelectronic’s Augmented RFID powers Green IoT solutions

em|aura-sense enables sustainable, eco-friendly RFID sensors

Marin, Switzerland, 28 July 2020 – EM Microelectronic, the ultra-low-power semiconductor company of the Swatch Group and an RFID industry pioneer for more than 30 years, today has announced the release of em|aura-sense, its Augmented RFID product for wireless sensing applications.

em|aura-sense enables mass deployment of cost-effective batteryless sensors for ubiquitous IoT applications.

Problem statement

The pervasiveness of IoT applications poses complex challenges due to the presence of batteries, not only in terms of sustainability and environmental friendliness, but also in terms of scalability and cost.

IoT endpoints, on the other hand, need to be able to capture and communicate data dynamically, as opposed to static information. The cloud needs to know from an endpoint what’s going on at the time of the enquiry rather than what data was stored there a while back.

Current solutions in the market are either based on very smart, yet expensive, battery-powered devices or on simple, very cost-effective passive RFID solutions that, in return, can only handle static data.

The EM solution

em|aura-sense fully leverages EM’s Augmented RFID concept, by upgrading a passive RFID chip into a smart sensing device. The addition of a passive sensor leverages the simplicity and pervasiveness of RAIN RFID infrastructure to transform the RFID tag from an end-node into a communication pipe. The RFID becomes context-aware!

em|aura-sense Benefits

End-users can fully leverage existing RAIN RFID infrastructure, dramatically lowering the deployment effort for ubiquitous, sustainable and eco-friendly sensor deployments. Moreover, the solution dramatically reduces the complexity to operate the installation, just “place it and leave it”, with no maintenance.

Measurements can be performed remotely and automatically, without human intervention and in environments where the use of battery is not an option.

Besides the environmental aspect, the absence of batteries further contributes to the affordability of these solutions, fostering their adoption and creating new opportunities in markets such as automotive, construction, energy and healthcare.

Thanks to the decoupling between antenna and capacitive sensor, em|aura-sense sensor tags can be manufactured using traditional RFID label manufacturing process, making them compatible with 1-step inlay manufacturing.

“The em|aura-sense Augmented RFID technology, coupled with Avery Dennison’s leading-edge transponder capabilities offer the ideal solution for sustainable, green IoT deployments”, said Hal Hikita, VP Product Management at Avery Dennison Intelligent Labels. “Coupled with our Green Tag initiative, this product family will allow us to massively deploy affordable, batteryless, eco-friendly IoT.”

Thomas Brunner, Managing Director at Kathrein Solutions stated, “Combining Kathrein’s smart RFID reader hardware and software offering with EM’s new passive Augmented RFID sensor solutions opens up a world of new opportunities in the Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT market. We are excited to integrate the new em|aura-sense in our solution offering.”

Michel Willemin, the CEO of EM Microelectronic added, “EM is proud to disrupt the market once again and pioneer the Augmented RFID concept, fully leveraging its True Ultra Low Power (TULP) IC design expertise and the Swatch Group semiconductor manufacturing footprint. We are excited to contribute to the future of Green IoT with eco-friendly electronic solutions.”

Product features

  • Higher accuracy: 7 bits resolution (17pF effective range) and offset calibration
  • Measurement can be stored inside the IC: User Memory up to 2kbit
  • Standard RAIN RFID protocol (ISO/IEC 18000-63), no custom commands needed
  • Snapshot Sensor technology can enable other types of sensing without requiring any change on the reader.
  • Etc.

Product page

More information on em|aura-sense can be found at:

Leave a Reply

featured blogs
Jul 28, 2021
Here's a sticky problem. What if the entire Earth was instantaneously replaced with an equal volume of closely packed, but uncompressed blueberries?...
Jul 28, 2021
Hyperscale data centers are driving demand for high-bandwidth Ethernet protocols at speeds up to 800G to support HPC, AI, video streaming, and cloud computing. The post What's Driving the Demand for 200G, 400G, and 800G Ethernet? appeared first on From Silicon To Software....
Jul 28, 2021
After a long writing (and longer editing and approval seeking) process, the AIAA's CFD Vision 2030 Integration Committee has published its first update to the Vision's roadmap. This 71 page,... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community ...
Jul 9, 2021
Do you have questions about using the Linux OS with FPGAs? Intel is holding another 'Ask an Expert' session and the topic is 'Using Linux with Intel® SoC FPGAs.' Come and ask our experts about the various Linux OS options available to use with the integrated Arm Cortex proc...

featured video

Adopt a Shift-left Methodology to Accelerate Your Product Development Process

Sponsored by Cadence Design Systems

Validate your most sophisticated SoC designs before silicon and stay on schedule. Balance your workload between simulation, emulation and prototyping for complete system validation. You need the right tool for the right job. Emulation meets prototyping -- Cadence Palladium and Protium Dynamic Duo for IP/SoC verification, hardware and software regressions, and early software development.

More information about Emulation and Prototyping

featured paper

Configure the backup voltage in a reversible buck/boost regulator

Sponsored by Maxim Integrated

This application note looks at a reference circuit design using Maxim’s MAX38888, which provides a supercapacitor-based power backup in the absence of the system rail by discharging its stored charge. The backup voltage provided by the regulator from the super cap is 12.5% less than the system rail when the system rail is removed. This note explains how to maintain the backup voltage within 5% of the minimum SYS charge voltage.

Click to read more

featured chalk talk

WiFi 6 & 6E: Strengthening Smart Home Enablement

Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Qorvo

Demands on WiFi are growing exponentially, and our aging standards and technology are struggling to keep up. Luckily, WiFi 6 and 6E represent a leap in WiFi capabilities for our systems. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tony Testa of Qorvo about the ins and outs of WiFi 6 and 6E with their increased speed, capacity, and efficiency.

Click here for more information about Qorvo Wi-Fi® 6 Solution