SAW tags - getting accurate reads and long range in challenging environments

Mr Clinton S Hartmann, President
RF SAW Components Inc, United States


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Presentation Summary

  • Tagging metal & liquid items
  • Long range, rapid reading with anticollision
  • Full intensity 5 megarad (50 kilograys) gamma sterilization
  • Entire pallet reading for difficult materials
  • Worldwide legal, low power operation
  • EPC compliant capacity

Speaker CV

Clinton Hartmann is an internationally recognized pioneer of SAW technology. During his 30-year career, Hartmann has invented many SAW devices that are in common use today, including key enabling devices which are used in cellular telephones, pocket pagers, video tape recorders, automotive keyless entry systems, color television sets, garage door openers and many others.
In 1985, Hartmann founded Hartmann Research, Inc., an independent SAW research company, at which he invented and developed SAW device types including the EWC/SPUDT, the key filter in color television sets and is used in cell phones. In 1979, Hartmann co-founded RF Monolithics, Inc., a SAW device company that subsequently became a successful public company.
Hartmann began his career at Texas Instruments where he achieved the rank of TI Fellow for his pioneering work in the field of Surface Acoustic Wave devices and applications. During this period, he invented numerous SAW devices including the SAW resonator, which has become the most widely used SAW device in the world. In 1976, he was named The Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer in the United States by Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering honor society.
Hartmann graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin went on to receive advanced degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Company Profile

RFSAW, Inc. produces Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) products that operate in the 2.45 GHz globally legal frequency band. RFSAW is exploiting a fundamentally new type of RFID system based on Surface Acoustic Wave ("SAW") devices, a reliable, low-cost, well established RF wireless technology. The Company has invented, patented and successfully developed this new system whose core element is the "Global SAW Tag". This new approach provides superior solutions for our target markets that include supply chain, asset management, health care, transportation security, food-chain safety, healthcare, military, and governmental applications. RFSAW's product family includes tags, readers, antennas, and applications software in a variety of configurations.