Improvement of a passive RFID reader front-end Architecture

Deogracias P. Villame

(MS Graduated: 2nd Sem 2009-2010)


The receiver of a UHF RFID reader is exposed to strong carrier leakage signals due to antenna reflections and limited isolation of circulators and directional couplers. This strong interfere limits the performance of the reader as the active components in the receiver become saturated. In this paper, an improvement on the front-end architecture of UHF RFID readers is presented to address this problem. An automatically-adjusted canceling signal is combined with the received signal to suppress the strong carrier leakage. The experiment results show that the constructed prototype can achieve high isolation and that the canceling signal can be routinely configured even during reader operations.

Subject Index : Radio frequency identification systems