By David Crane
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September 10, 2012
Japanese electronics giant Hitachi has just developed a super-small 128-bit ROM (Read-Only Memory) micro RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) chip that can store a 38-digit number and looks like a black grain of sand. It measures 0.15 x 0.15 millimeters across and 7.5 micrometers thick.
The Hitachi "Powder"/"Dust" µ-Chip Micro RFID chip utilizes Silicon On Insulator (SOI) thin chip fabrication technology to reduce the distance between each individual circuit element, and, using an embedded antenna, can likely be applied to military Smartdust wireless MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) sensors in order to detect light, temperature and vibrations.
Hitachi engineers say that "by taking advantage of the merits of compactness, high authenticity and wireless communication, and combining it with Internet technology, the µ-Chip may be utilized in a broad range of applications such as security, transportation, amusement, traceability and logistics."
NSA, CIA and FBI personnel must all be licking their chops over the intellience and surveillance applications that such a small micro RFID chip makes possible. Got someone or something you want to track? Just toss some "Powder"/"Dust" chips onto them/it and track them/it at your leisure. How would they know?
Photo Credit: Hitachi Ltd.
Hat Tip: The Future of Things (TFOT)
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Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8220, JAPAN
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