ThingMagic annonced a set of modular hardware and software components for developing customized, embedded RFID solutions using the ThingMagic Mercury5e (M5e) UHF RFID family of reader modules. The components include a four port, stackable multiplexer (enables M5e reader to support up to eight antennas), a low profile heatsink (for high temperature environments), and a power/interface board with a USB port and support for a wide range of AC and DC power supplies. ThingMagic also announced a completely redesigned Mercury API, which supports the company’s full range of fixed and M5e embedded reader product lines.
The new products can be ordered now for shipping by mid-third quarter 2009. The M5e Multiplexer is priced at $100, the Heatsink is priced at $40, and the Power/Interface Board is priced at $100. The Mercury API will be available to existing customers from the ThingMagic support website.
ThingMagic Embedded Reader Module Components and Mercury API
- M5e Multiplexer
Lowering the cost per read point by up to 60 percent, the M5e Multiplexer is ideal for cost-sensitive applications where many co-located antennas are needed. A single multiplexer allows an M5e reader to support four antennas, while eight antennas are supported by two stacked multiplexers. Drawing power and control by daisy-chaining the M5e’s interface ribbon cable, customers can extend multi-port capability to existing designs without mechanical alteration. The multiplexer is fully integrated with the search and reporting capabilities of the latest M5e firmware.
- M5e Heatsink
The low profile M5e Heatsink is ideal for customers who use ThingMagic M5e modules in sealed enclosures, in continuous operation, or in high temperature environments. Thermal pads optimize heat conductivity from board to heatsink, and from heatsink to chassis.
- M5e Power/Interface Board
The M5e Power/Interface board adapts the M5e serial interface to high speed USB, and conditions DC power to support in-vehicle or AC powered applications. The USB port is designed to drive the module’s serial port up to its maximum speed of 921.6 kbps. A non-USB TTL interface is also available for board-to-board connectivity.
- Mercury API
The new API supports C#/.NET, Java and Python programming environments to provide a consistent programmatic interface across the company’s fixed reader and M5e embedded reader module families, reducing time to market for customers using a variety of development environments.
More information: ThingMagic