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Submission + - World's smallest RFID microchip created

zemien writes: The world's smallest RFID microchip with a built-in antenna has been successfully developed under the Malaysia Microchip (MM) Project. The smallest version measures 0.7 millimetres by 0.7 millimetres.

The chip, which cost US$50mil (RM180mil) to develop, uses Japanese technology and is the first with multi-band frequencies. The microchip is so tiny that it can be embedded on paper. Each chip has its own serial number.

The Malaysian Government plans to start embedding it in marriage certificates, and maybe even bank cheques and university diplomas. Another hope is to replace the barcodes in baggage handling systems with the chip. Is the Malaysian government's faith in RFID chips to provide authentication and security misplaced? Or logical?

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead

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