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28.07.2020 -

Kathrein is the first to support Augmented RFID from EM Microelectronic


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.

Kathrein Solutions is the first RAIN RFID reader manufacturer worldwide to implement this em|aura-sense, chip feature. The variable sensor data are recorded and standardized transmitted via the existing data protocol of the Gen3 RAIN RFID Reader family from Kathrein Solutions!

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!

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.


Statements on the introduction

“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”, said Thomas Brunner, Managing Director at Kathrein Solutions. “We are excited to integrate the new em|aura-sense in our solution offering.”

Michel Willemin, the CEO of EM Microelectronic added “[…] True Ultra Low Power (TULP) IC design expertise and the highly optimized in-house semiconductor process available within the Swatch Group. We are proud to offer Swiss innovation to the global RFID market for over 30 years […]”

Further information & availability

More information on em|aura-sense can be found at EM Microelectronic or contact our sales team with iot-sales@kathrein-solutions.com.


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