Global semiconductor leader STMicroelectronics Pty Ltd and Australian technology company, Bluechiip Limited announce the high-volume production of their jointly developed, unique MEMS-based tracking tags, with the ability to meet annual demand in excess of one million tags.
The Bluechiip tracking tag is an ultra-high-integrity, all-mechanical tracking chip completely resistant to extreme high and low temperatures, gamma radiation, moisture, and other harsh conditions that would compromise traditional identification or tracking solutions such as labels, barcodes, or RFID technologies. Using MEMS resonator technology, the chip is individually pre-programmed during manufacture with a unique identification for tamperproof protection.
According to Dr Jason Chaffey, Managing Director and CEO of Bluechiip, ST’s commitment and support enabled Bluechiip to achieve this commercial breakthrough, adding that ST, as a valued partner of Bluechiip has played a key role in facilitating the tag to be adopted in more universal applications.
The Bluechiip tag has been successfully adopted by customers in Australia, China, Italy, and the USA, mainly in applications of biobanking and other biomedical related fields such as pathology, clinical trials, and bio-repositories. Bluechiip has also built up a global distribution network covering 10 countries and all major biomedical and healthcare centres around the world to effectively address the market.
Anton Hofmeister, General Manager of ST’s Fluidic MEMS Division comments that passing all of the certifications and approvals for the unique Bluechiip tag is an important milestone and demonstrates ST’s flexibility, process expertise, and customer focus in the ramp to mass production.
The use of the Bluechiip tag in biomedical applications is a strategic move by ST to target the use of Motion MEMS technology into the next high-growth area. ST has pioneered and led the application of MEMS in mobile devices, gaming, automotive, navigation, healthcare, wellness, and the coming wave of wearables. The new tracking market addressed by the Bluechiip tag demonstrates the pervasiveness of MEMS technology and its adaptability into new innovative solutions.
Though originally developed for applications in the healthcare and biomedical industries, the Bluechiip tracking technology is also ideally suited for high-value applications in food, vaccines, security, defence, aerospace, and aviation thanks to its extreme robustness, ability to track temperature, and resistance to tampering.