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Textile-Integrated Stretchable Structures for Wearable Wireless Platforms

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 7th Electronic System-Integration Technology Conference (ESTC)
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-6814-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-6815-3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventElectronics System-Integration Technology Conference -
Duration: 1 Jan 2000 → …


ConferenceElectronics System-Integration Technology Conference
Period1/01/00 → …


In this study, antennas for passive UHF RFID tags were created from a carbon-based stretchable conductor on a stretchable elastic band by brush-painting. The antennamicrochip interconnections were fabricated by two different ways: 1) by using already commonly reported gluing with conductive silver epoxy and 2) by sewing the IC with conductive yarn. In addition to wireless evaluation of the fabricated RFID tags before and after stretching, we evaluated the effects of the interconnection type on tag performance and reliability. The achieved read ranges of around 1.5 meters are suitable for versatile textile-integrated RFID applications. Stretching causes permanent decrease to the tag read range but they remain functional even after 100 stretching cycles. In addition, the tags with the embroidered interconnections were found to be more reliable towards harsh stretching, compared to the tags with glued ICs. These initial results are very encouraging, considering the current trend towards more ecofriendly and cost-effective materials in electronics.


  • elasticity, flexible electronics, radiofrequency identification, reliability, silver, textiles, UHF antennas, wearable antennas, textile-integrated stretchable structures, wearable wireless platforms, passive UHF RFID tags, carbon-based stretchable conductor, stretchable elastic band, brush-painting, conductive silver epoxy, wireless evaluation, textile-integrated RFID applications, embroidered interconnections, stretching cycles, glued IC, antenna microchip interconnections, Antennas, Wireless communication, Integrated circuit interconnections, Passive RFID tags, Reliability, antennas, passive UHF RFID, stretchable conductor, interconnections.

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