NEC Claims World's First Multi-Frequency, Multi-Protocol RFID Reader/Writer

The vendor is pledging to shrink these devices?which can both read and write in three major RFID frequencies?for near-term mobile phone and POS integration.

When NEC issued its statement in Tokyo Thursday that it has developed the world's first RFID device that can read and write tag data in the three most common RFID frequencies, it gave a boost for today's RFID deployments.

But NEC's focus was not on the new product as much as its pledge to imminently shrink the device enough so that it can be installed within mobile phones, PCs and retail point-of-sale (POS) units.

Although RFID deployments in retail have been going strong, the retail success at delivering consistent returns-on-investment has been much spottier. Therefore, any advances that have the potential to lower hardware costs get a healthy amount of retail IT attention.

The new NEC device?which supports 13.56MHz, UHF band and 2.45GHz?will be productized next year, NEC said.