SATO, RFID Encoding and Recording Solution Loftware Introduction; Infineon and Memfault develop Internet of Things development partnership; Avnet Embedded and Renesas Collaborate on IoT Modules; Industry Internet of Things Consortium is updating the reference architecture; Soracom applies for listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
November 24, 2022Here we feature recent news announcements in the RFID and IoT industries.
SATO, RFID Encoding and Recording Solution Loftware Introduction
SATO, a provider of automatic identification and tagging solutions, and Loftware, a supplier of branding and art management solutions, have announced the launch of a cloud-based RFID tag encoding and registration solution. The system, which uses SATO RFID printers and tags, as well as Loftware’s NiceLabel Cloud software, is designed for tracking and tracing, brand authentication and authentication for manufacturers. SATO’s CT4-LX desktop printer and CL4/6NX Plus industrial printer line are compatible with Loftware’s NiceLabel Cloud RFID tag solution, corporate report, and other hardware planned to support including the S84NX print engine.
The solution records an Electronic Product Code (EPC) and unique identification number for each encoded tag, enabling closed-loop tagging. By recording and assigning the EPC and unique ID to the database via NiceLabel Cloud, the SATO solution automatically keeps a record of each label after coding and lets users know the manufacturer, country and printer that created it. NiceLabel is available on premises and in the cloud. Customers can start with an on-premise solution, then move to the cloud as they scale their profiling across applications, facilities, and countries.
Combined with centralized data management, this automation provides compliance with traceability requirements and reduces the potential for fraud, the companies reported. In the United States, the European Union, China, Japan and other regions, an increasing number of medical devices must carry a unique device identification number to identify the devices implanted in patients. Sequencing is critical for regulators to establish the authenticity of pharmaceuticals, and allows manufacturers to track and trace individual items back to the factory for supply chain visibility and authenticity.
“With today’s ‘always on’ supply chain, large companies print and code millions of labels annually across multiple facilities,” Paul Vogt, Loftware’s vice president of channel strategies and programs and alliances, said in a prepared statement. “As a result, they require a globally integrated platform such as Loftware’s NiceLabel Cloud for centralized data management and printing.”
Infineon, Memfault Forge IoT Development Partnership
Memfault, which provides a reliability platform for the Internet of Things (IoT), has partnered with Infineon to expand the productivity of developers using Infineon products with ModusToolbox. According to the companies, the partnership offers developers working on Infineon ARM-based microprocessors diagnostic capabilities for the Memfault platform, device monitoring capabilities, and remote update. Memfault joins the ModusToolbox ecosystem through the ModusToolbox & Friends program. According to the companies, OEMs who build products on Infineon MCUs will have access to the Memfault platform, enabling them to ship products and resolve issues via maintenance capabilities in the field.
With Memfault by Infineon, the company’s support, operations, and product teams will gain remote insight into embedded device metrics and performance. Engineers will be able to access debugging information remotely without user interaction. Version managers can coordinate complex over-the-air firmware updates in an orderly and controlled manner.
“The combination of a microcontroller and connectivity portfolio and Memfault’s strength in reliability engineering for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE, and connected devices, as well as its customers in complementary verticals such as wearables, smart home, buildings, medical devices, and IIoT, make it an easy choice,” said Danny Watson, principal. Software product management company Infineon, in a prepared statement.”Together, Infineon and Memfault will provide today’s developers with critical tools for building tomorrow’s hardware.”
Instant integration support takes minutes to set up, the companies point out, and users can receive up to 100 devices for free. Infineon and Memfault provide integration documentation and support for ModusToolbox, which includes Infineon’s PSoC 6 series, as the PSoC 62 MCU on CY8CKIT-062S2-43012. Memfault support built into Infineon controllers and other operating systems is available upon request.
“Using ModusToolbox, Infineon has built a cutting-edge platform that is paving the way for the development of a vibrant ecosystem,” Memfault CEO Francois Baldassare added in the statement. “We are excited to join the ModuxToolbox & Friends development program to help grow this ecosystem and give Infineon customers access to our cloud-first IoT reliability platform.”
Avnet Embedded, Renesas collaborate on modules for IoT
Avnet Embedded has expanded its existing partnership with processor manufacturer Renesas to include embedded SMARC modules. The first product of this collaboration is Avnet Embedded’s MSC SM2S-G2UL SMARC 2.1.1 family of modules, based on Renesas RZ/G2UL ARM Cortex-A55 processors.
Typical applications include industrial, IoT, artificial intelligence, medical, transportation, energy engineering, and building automation. The scalable panels measure 82 mm x 50 mm (3.2 in x 2 in) and are specified for a temperature range of -40° to +85° C (-40° to +185° F). The units are manufactured in automated production facilities in Germany.
“This new SMARC unit built on technology from Renesas demonstrates our commitment to giving our customers the best possible choices for embedding computing into their products,” said Dominik Ressing, Avnet Embedded’s Vice President, in a prepared statement. “Renesas RZ/G2UL processors are known for designs that focus on cost and energy efficiency, and this series of processors in a modular platform will open up huge new possibilities for engineers and product designers.”
The unit family is equipped with Renesas RZ/G2UL processors, with a single-core ARM Cortex-A55 processor running at 1.0GHz, a real-time ARM Cortex-M33 processor and an image processing unit to support entry-level HMI applications. Typical design power ranges from 3 to 4 watts. Modules include DDR4 memory technology and up to 256GB eMMC flash memory. Interfaces for embedded applications, such as Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, dual CAN-FD, dual channel LVDS, and MIPI CSI-2, are available, and an onboard wireless module is provided as assembly options.
“We are excited to use our Avnet Embedded RZ/G2UL for this first platform as it complements our unit partnership,” DK Singh, Renesas Senior Director and Head of Global System & Solutions, added in the statement. “The new Avnet unit will enable access to our solutions for a broader customer base, leverage the overall MPU and Renesas portfolio, and strengthen and grow the strategic global engagement that Avnet and Renesas have established.”
Internet of Things Industry Association update reference architecture
The Internet of Things Industry Association (IIC) has announced that it has updated the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA). Version 1.10 of IIRA, according to IIC, aims to address the challenges of current Industrial Internet of Things systems and industry trends, such as IT and OT convergence, digital twins, autonomous systems, and the inclusion of “non-human” digital users.
The IoT Industry Consortium is focused on providing transformative business value to industry, organizations and society by accelerating the adoption of a trustworthy IoT. Federation is a program of the Object Management Group (OMG). “As the Industrial Internet of Things becomes known and pervasive across industries, how systems are designed and modernized remains relevant and evolves,” said Shi Wanlin, CTO of Yo-i Information Technology and one of the authors of the framework. “V1.10 of IIRA improves its usefulness with new development trends.”
Daniel Young, a senior manager at Toshiba America and author of another framework, added in the statement: “We updated the framework following feedback from IIC members who have used IIRA for several years. The proposed improvements reflect their real-world experiences. V1.10 of IIRA helps Practitioners who develop Industrial IoT systems across industries need to meet their system requirements.” The new IIRA defines core IIoT functionality for system requirements classes to help organizations understand which functionality will best meet their needs.
Another addition to IIRA V1.10 is a new set of architecture patterns that system designers can use to customize standard system features and applications. IIRA V1.10 demonstrates how system designers can overlay styles with each other, or with different architectural styles, to build new system applications from a set of well-understood models. The IIC Technology Working Group has developed this founding document, which can be downloaded from the IIC website.
KDDI Corp. announced. and Soracom, a provider of Internet of Things connectivity services, that Soracom has applied to list its shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Soracom joined the KDDI Group in 2017. Since then, the company has developed its IoT connectivity platform to support more than five million IoT connections for more than 20,000 customers worldwide, in areas ranging from energy and manufacturing to payments, consumer electronics and healthcare. and agriculture. Soracom says its goal is to provide a global connectivity platform for those building a connected world.
The company has begun preparing for a possible IPO in 2020. KDDI and Soracom describe this as a “swinging” IPO, where the startup grows backed by a larger company before the IPO. With corporate governance systems now in place and the ability for independent management, Soracom has applied to list its shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Prior to any such listing, the listing must first be approved by the exchange and fully scrutinized by Japan Stock Exchange Regulation, the company reports.