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Trimble Introduces ThingMagic Mercury6e-Micro RFID Reader Module

Efficient, Flexible and Cost-effective

When transmitting, the M6e-Micro draws less current than is typical for a high-performance UHF RFID module. The module is able to consume as little as 0.025 Watts while remaining ready to react quickly to commands. Support for voltages ranging between 3.3 V and 5 V makes this module compatible with a wide variety of solution architectures, and its built-in voltage regulation allows it to be run directly off battery power. Further performance optimization results in battery power savings over modules that need to transmit longer to read the same number of tags.

Customers can choose from two mounting options - vertically combining the module with low-profile connectors or soldered to a motherboard, requiring no cabling. The solder-down option supports high-volume production and reduces component and assembly costs for original equipment manufacturers.

These form factor and performance advantages allow customers to add optimized and standards-compliant RFID technology to a great number of devices and solutions, delivering cost savings and time-to-market advantages over alternative methods of embedding RFID.

Key Features and Capabilities:

  • Small size: 46 mm L x 26 mm W x 4.0 mm H (1.6 in L x 1.0 in W x 0.16 in H)
  • Support for the EPCglobal Gen2 (ISO 18000-6C) protocol (IP-X and ISO 18000-6B optional)
  • Support for two monostatic RF antennas through U.FL connector or solder-down board-edge connections
  • Separate read and write levels, command adjustable from -5 dBm to +30 dBm in 0.5 dB steps
  • -70 dBm receive sensitivity
  •  28 solder-down board-edge connections or Molex low profile connector, providing access to DC power, communication, and GPIO signals
  • UART and USB 2.0 control/data interfaces
  • Two 3.3V bidirectional ports configurable as input (sensor) ports or output (indicator) ports
  • North America, EU and PRC regions are supported with a single SKU

High-performance capabilities and application-specific features include:

  • A 'fast search' mode for reading tags affixed to fast-moving objects
  • The ability to rapidly adapt to changing tag populations
  • The ability to obtain 128 bytes of data with every tag read
  • Support for the full cool-Log™ command set for IDS SL900A sensor tags

A Commitment to Ease-of-Use

With a goal of driving the barriers for deploying RFID technology as low as possible, the development tools available with the M6e-Micro include a newly designed Web interface with intuitive configuration and management screens, new performance tuning settings, and enhanced tag data access and displays. Also available is the recently redesigned ThingMagic Universal Reader Assistant utility used to initialize readers and perform common tasks such as selecting application specific performance settings.

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