UPM Raflatac, a supplier of self-adhesive label materials as well as HF and UHF radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags and inlays, has launched a new product portfolio of near-field communication (NFC) tags. The items are already in use in several areas, including multifunctional media badges for music, data and movie discs, and electronics pairing. The media badge utilizes the vendor's BullsEye NFC RFID tags, under a collaborative development deal among UPM Raflatac, CDA and Master Disc. With the multifunctional NFC media badge embedded into the disc, users can open hyperlinks, use ticket and payment functions and select music via a mobile phone. The badge also offers a normal optical disc interface for music, pictures and movies, as well as a print surface for barcodes, 2D codes and personalized naming. In electronics pairing applications, NFC tags are generally used to facilitate recognition between a mother device, such as a mobile phone, and its accessories. UPM Raflatac's new NFC product offering is available with ICs compliant with NFC Forum Tag types 1, 2 and 4. The new products are being made available to the marketplace in December of 2008.
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