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ams launches NFC smart sensor IC for traceable,  accurate and disposable wireless temperature loggers

AS39513 acquires and stores time - stamped temperature measurements while ope - rating from a thin printed battery, making it ideal for smart labels used in cold - chain monitoring

ams (SIX: AMS), a leading worldwide supplier of high performance sensor solutions , today introduced the AS39513 , an NFC sensor tag and data logger IC for smart labels which enables more efficient and accurate monitoring of the condition of assets such as food, pharmaceuticals and healthcare products in storage and in transit.

The new device is a complete digital s ensor with an NFC front end that can easily be integrated into smart labels. A unique ID as well as logged temperature and other data stored in its internal memory can be read by any authorized NFC reader such as a smartphone or tablet.

Smart labels base d on the AS39513 enable manufacturers, shippers and retailers to examine de- tailed logs of the conditions in which individual packages in a shipment have been kept, and to establish for instance whether perishable goods such as fresh food are in perfect co ndition on arri- val.

The AS39513 provides a complete solution for temperature monitoring and NFC connectivity. It in- cludes an NFC front end, a temperature sensor and an analog interface to an external sensor. Other functions integrated in the IC are a real - time clock, a 10 - bit ADC, a configurable data - logging engine, a 9kbit password - protected EEPROM and a serial peripheral interface (SPI) to connect to an external microcontroller. The AS39513 is available as a bumped die or in a chipscale package which is only 0.3mm high.

Powered by a single - cell (typically 1.5V) or dual - cell (3V) battery, the AS39513 can store up to 1,020 time - stamped sensor measurements. Fully compliant with ISO15693 and NFC - V (T5T) stan - dards, it can be read over a range of a few centime ters with an NFC mobile phone. An extended read range of 1 - 2m can be achieved when using dedicated ISO15693 readers, offering the ability to read multiple AS39513 tags simultaneously in cabinets or refrigerators.

The new AS39513, which supersedes the ams SL13A sensor tag, has a higher - performance tem- perature sensor which offers guaranteed accuracy of ±0.5°C in the critical range from - 20°C to 1 0°C, and ±1°C over an extended range from - 20°C to 55 °C.

The AS39513’s integrated temperature sensor makes it idea l for use in cold - chain monitoring pro - ducts such as smart labels used in the food, pharmaceuticals and healthcare sectors. It is powered by the ams Cool - Log™ engine, which allows for full control and configuration of logging modes and timings. Temperature measurements can be taken at fixed intervals, or triggered when the tempera- ture crosses a set threshold, or by a signal from an external device.

The Cool - Log engine is one of the core innovations in the AS39513 as it offers operational flexibility and ul tra - low power consumption without the need for a microcontroller. Drawing just 2µA of stand-by current, the AS39513 can autonomously log temperature data for more than a year on a 30mAh single - cell battery 1 . This superior power performance enables the use of smaller and cheaper bat- teries, paving the way to farm - to - fork item - level tagging. The chip operates in passive mode and harvests energy from a reader’s incoming RF field, supplying external circuitry with a current of up to 3mA at 1.8V.

“The AS39513 is a fully integrated smart wireless sensor which lets manufacturers, shippers and retailers verify that pharmaceuticals, food and other goods have been properly stored and trans- ported. It enables them to acquire detailed records of the temperature and other conditions in which a single package has been kept, and if necessary reject the shipment , said Giancarlo Cutrignelli, Head of Marketing for the Wireless Sensor Nodes business line at ams.

“In addition, by using modern RFID assembly processes in conjunc tion with printed electronic bat- teries, our customers can reduce manufacturing costs and comply with the most stringent regula- tions for environmental protection, such as RoHS, REACH and EU Directive 2006/66/EC, making smart sensor tags truly disposable and eco - friendly , he said.

The AS39513 is available in production volumes now. Unit pricing is US$1.19 in order quantities of 5,000.

A demonstration kit, including an evaluation board and a sample app for devices running on the Android™ operating system, i s available from the ams ICdirect online store. For more technical in- formation and to request samples, please go to: - Sensor - Tag/AS39513


About ams

ams is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced sensor solutions. Our mission is to shape the world with sensor solutions by providing a seamless interface between humans and technology.

ams’ high - performance sensor solutions drive applicati ons requiring small form factor, low power, highest sensitivity and multi - sensor integration. Products include sensor solutions, sensor ICs, interfaces and related software for con- sumer, communications, industrial, medical, and automotive markets.

With headquarters in Austria, ams employs 11,000 people globally and serves more than 8,000 customers world- wide. ams is listed on the SIX Swiss stock exchange (ticker symbol: AMS). More information about ams can be found at


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