Design win; e-paper display modules in battery-free RFID-enabled tags

Design win; e-paper display modules in battery-free RFID-enabled tags

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By Graham Prophet

Designed to replace both paper labels and RFID tags, the EPD tag combines a Pervasive Displays EPD module and programmable RFID tag. Users can update a device’s EPD and RFID tag data at the same time using a smartphone or NFC reader/writer. The ultra-low power consumption device doesn’t have a battery and is powered by harvested RF energy supplied solely from the RFID reader/writer.


The combination of an EPD and RFID in a single device allows these tags to streamline inventory management, manufacturing and logistics operations. Both the human- and machine-readable data can be updated easily and efficiently at the same time without the inconvenience of maintaining separate paper and RFID labels.

Pervasive Displays’ Aurora Mb EPD modules are presented as the lowest power consumption displays currently on the market, requiring as little as 2 mA current during display update operations. This ultra-low power consumption means display updates can be powered purely by harvested energy from NFC, RFID, solar or thermal sources.


e-paper technology is bistable, meaning no power is required to maintain the image on the tag. Additional power savings are made because a backlight is not needed to read the reflective display.


TOPPAN describes its product as an all-in-one labeling solution ideal for logistics, warehousing and inventory management, with the machine readability of RFID, and the ease of use of batteryless NFC technology.


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