PragmatIC launches ConnectIC family of ultra-low cost RFID ICs
PragmatIC (Cambridge, UK), a leader in ultra-low cost flexible electronics, announces the first products in its ConnectIC family, the PR1101 and PR1102 flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs), designed for use in closed HF RFID systems. The ground-breaking ConnectIC family will be pivotal in the acceleration of the smart packaging market.
Developed using PragmatIC’s unique platform of patented technologies, ConnectICs deliver connectivity solutions at the lowest cost point in the market. These revolutionary FlexICs are ultra-thin and flexible; suitable for embedding into a wide range of substrates, including paper and plastic; and reduce the complexity of inlays by using single layer antennas, delivering a further step down in cost to brand owners and retailers. These ConnectICs are considered to be extremely attractive for high-volume fast moving consumer goods (FMCGs) and other mass market applications, with electronic connectivity no longer limited to high value, luxury items.
The PR1100 product series facilitates rapid detection of objects when one or more low-cost custom readers are integrated into the system. Designed for proximity identification applications, these FlexICs are ideal for applications including hierarchical inventory management, item identification and tracking, supply chain assurance and brand authentication. They are targeted at market segments such as food and beverage, personal and home care, pharmaceutical and healthcare. They also support the introduction of digital interactivity into physical toys and games.
“The ConnectIC family is set to bring connectivity to items we buy every day,” said Scott White, CEO of PragmatIC. “We have already started shipping to our partners and we anticipate rapid expansion based on clear opportunities for global customers with extensive brand portfolios who wish to add traceability and interactivity to their products.”
PragmatIC is looking forward to a very exciting 2019 as production continues to ramp, supported by a further investment of over £13M. The latest funding has come from existing shareholders Cambridge Innovation Capital, Arm and Avery Dennison, as well as new investors who share PragmatIC’s vision for digitally connecting everyday objects.
Caption: A flexible ConnectIC wafer from PragmatIC (photo: PragmatIC)