Tutorial:  The Basics of UHF RFID or Radiating Without a License

Date/Time:  Friday, April 16, 2010   8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Fee:  $50.00 US$

You may register for this tutorial when you register for the IEEE RFID 2010 conference.  If you have already registered for the conference and wish to add the tutorial, please contact LiveReg@rfidjournal.com.

This tutorial will cover a brief history of RFID and applications of RFID technology including the basic types of passive, semi-passive/active, active, and protocol variant systems operating at low frequency, high frequency, and ultra-high frequency.

Other topics to be covered are:  RFID technology essentials such as signals, voltage and power, information and modulation, path loss for an isotropic transmitter, link budgets for passive and semi-passive (BAT) tags, antenna directivity, antenna patterns, antenna polarization, link budget for directional antennas, forward- and reverse-link-limited range readers, transmitters and RF spectrum, receiver design challenges, and antenna configurations. 

Topics on RFID tags include:  packaging, passive tag antennas, power harvesting, and tag IC challenges. 

Intended Audience:
This 3.5 hour primer on the basics of UHF RFID technology and systems is ideal for conference attendees, students, researchers and engineers just starting to investigate RFID technologies, devices and systems, as well as technicians, project managers and less-technical marketing, sales and executives wishing to enhance their theoretical knowledge and understanding of core RFID elements.

Daniel M. Dobkin is the author of three books:  The RF in RFID (Elsevier, 2007); RF Engineering for Wireless Networks (Elsevier, 2004); and Principles of Chemical Vapor Deposition, with Michael Zuraw (Kluwer, 2003) as well as more than 35 technical publications on RFID and semiconductor fabrication.  He has presented tutorials on RFID at several conferences and is an author or co-author of seven technology patents.  Dr. Dobkin is Principal, Enigmatics Consulting of Sunnyvale, California, which specializes in RFID, wireless and semiconductor consulting, teaching and technical writing.  He has also been Director, Technical Marketing, for WJ Communications Inc.; Director, Product Marketing for Sizary Inc.; Co-founder and President, TimeDomain CVD Inc.; and Manager of Advanced Process Development during 17 years with the Semiconductor Equipment Group of the Watkins-Johnson Company.  He has a B.S. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology plus M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics from Stanford University.