MEMS and Sensors

ST Teams with Austrian Chip Vendor on MEMS-based Tracking Tag

08 August 2014

Austrian semiconductor vendor Bluechiip and STMircoelectronics have rolled out a tracking tag based on ST’s microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology that can withstand extreme conditions.

Much like traditional tracking tags such as barcodes, labels and RFID technologies, Bluechiip’s jointly developed MEMS tracking tag is an all-mechanical chip for products. However, the company claims that unlike these other offerings it is impervious to extreme high and low temperatures, gamma radiation, moisture and other hard conditions.

Bluechiip said the tracking tag uses MEMS resonator technology and contains no electronics whatsoever and is individually preprogrammed during the manufacturing process to ensure it is tamper proof.

The Bluechiip tag has already been implemented by customers in Australia, China, Italy, and the U.S., mostly being used for biobanking and other biomedical related fields such as pathology, clinical trials and bio-repositories. Now Bluechiip says the device is available for volume production.

Dr Jason Chaffey, managing director and CEO of Bluechiip, said in a statement, that ST has “enabled Bluechiip to achieve this commercial breakthrough” and “has played a key role in facilitating the Bluechiip tag to be adopted in more universal applications.”

While the tag was originally developed to play in the healthcare and biomedical industries, Bluechiip now says that because of its ability to resist tampering and extreme temperatures it could be designed into food, vaccines, security, defense,aerospace and aviation.

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