Reverse Engineering a UHF RFID Tag: A Systems Perspective

This tutorial will present an overview of how a UHF RFID tag works, including basic signaling and communications of the UHF Gen2 protocol.

Reverse Engineering a UHF RFID Tag: A Circuit Perspective

This tutorial will cover the system implementation of a passively-powered RFID tag, with a focus on the digital circuits and systems considerations. This talk will give an overview of practical RF issues, implementation and system issues from the perspective of the integrated circuits, as well as discuss the state of cryptography and security for RFID tags. This tutorial will give the overview of the system requirements for a theoretical tag that was reversed engineered from the Gen2 specification.

Cryptography for UHF RFID Tags

A brief overview of the issues involving the encryption of RFID tags, including some of the standards for UHF RFID tags.

Tutorial Presenter: Brian Degnan

Dr. Brian P. Degnan received degrees in Mechanical and Computer Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2000 and 2003 respectively after a stint studying Computer Science at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology. He earned his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2013 with a research focus of subthreshold, temperature robust circuit architectures. He is a serial entrepreneur who has taken several products from concept to sales, including video encoders and current measurement equipment. Dr. Brian Degnan’s research focus is power-constrained processing and getting the most use out of the electron. His research interests include subthreshold asynchronous digital and reprogrammable architectures, as well as lightweight encryption implementations for power constrained systems. He currently works for White River Technologies.