The I-CODE EPC Smart Label IC is a dedicated chip for radio frequency identification on item level. This IC is a member of the well known and established in the contactless identification market I-CODE product family of smart label ICs.

The I-CODE system offers the possibility of operating smart labels simultaneously in the field of the reader antenna (Anticollision). It is designed for long range applications.

Due to the open marketing strategy of Philips Semiconductors there are various manufacturers available for both the smart labels as well as for the Read/Write devices (RWD).

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Features and benefits

Integrated Circuit for Contactless Radio Frequency Identification Smart Label. Integrated resonance capacitor of 23.5 pF with ± 5 % tolerance over full production.

1.1 I-CODE EPC RF Interface Features

  • Contactless transmission of data and supply energy (no battery needed)
  • Operating distance: up to 1.5 m (depending on antenna geometry)
  • Operating frequency: 13.56 MHz (ISM, world-wide licence free available)
  • Modulation Read/Write Device → Label: 10 % ASK
  • Fast data transfer: up to 53 kbit/s
  • High data integrity: 16-bit CRC, framing
  • Anticollision with high identification speed (approx. 200 I-CODE EPC smart labels per second)
  • Label DESTROY command with 24-bit Destroy Code protection

Memory Features

  • 136 bits, organised in 17 blocks of 1 byte each
  • Data retention of 5 years

Security Features

  • Lock mechanism for each user memory block (write protection) 1.4

Supported Standards

  • EPCglobal Inc., 13.56 MHz ISM Band Class 1 Radio Frequency Identification Tag Interface Specification