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Monza R6 Permalock Memory

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Introduction

This note will outline how to permalock memory of Monza R6. Monza R6 may be permalocked by sending a Gen2 compliant lock command with a payload of FFFFFh. This command will permalock (or lock permalock) all memory on a Monza R6 chip. By sending this command to a Monza R6 tag chip, EPC memory and Reserved memory (including AutoTune Enable/Disable bits) will be permanently locked.

Hardware Required

  • Windows host PC
  • Speedway Revolution with a Mini-Guardrail antenna, connected via Ethernet to the computer
  • An unlocked (ie factory default) Monza R6 tag

Software Required

    • MultiReader
    • Microsoft Visual C# 2010 or newer
    • LockMR6EpcMemory.zip

Download Example Code for how to Permalock MR6Download File

 

Sample Application

First verify that the tag chip is not locked by writing a new EPC. Make sure the Monza R6 tag is in the field of view (FOV) of the reader antenna. Open MultiReader, connect to the reader, and start an inventory. Once the Monza R6 tag is inventoried, stop the inventory run, right click the tag inventoried, and select "Change EPC". By default, Monza R6 EPCs start with the characters "E280-1160-6000". Enter a new EPC such as "1111-2222-3333-4444-5555-6666" and click "Write Tag(s)".

Figure 1. New EPC written to Monza R6 tag

After successfully writing an EPC to the tag to verify the tag is not locked, exit MultiReader.

Next, use the sample application LockMR6EpcMemory.zip to perform a permalock operation. Extract the folder and open the project file "LockMR6EpcMemory.csproj" using Microsoft Visual C# 2010 or newer. Using the Solutions Explorer pane, open "SolutionConstraints.cs" and change the ReaderHostname to match the reader.

When the program runs, it will permalock any tags in the FOV of the reader antenna. Remove any tags from the FOV and select Debug->Start Debugging in Visual Studios. The program should display the text "Press enter to exit." Now move the R6 tag into the FOV to lock the chip.

 

Figure 2. Permalock Monza R6 tag

Once "Status : Success" appears on the screen, press enter to exit. The tag has been locked successfully! Note that if the status is "NoResponseFromTag", try moving the tag out and back in the FOV.

Open MultiReader and attempt to write an EPC again. The write command will now fail with the error "tag is locked". The Monza R6 tag chip has been successfully permalocked!

Figure 3. New EPC failed to write to permalocked Monza R6 tag

Gen2 Lock Payload Explained

The lock payload structure for Monza R6 is formatted differently than what is used with other Monza tag chips while still being Gen2 compliant. The Gen2 lock command payload is outlined below, showing figure 6.25 and table 6.50 from EPCglobal Gen2 Specification V2.0.0. The payload consists of Mask and Action fields. To permanently lock or permalock all memory of Monza R6, send a payload of FFFFFh or 11111111111111111111b. This is the equivalent payload of lock permalocking Kill pwd, Access pwd, EPC memory, TID memory, and File_0 memory (or user memory, when present). 

 

This process is further outlined in the EPCglobal Gen2 Specification V2.0.0 in section 6.3.2.12.3.5 Lock(mandatory):

A Tag shall implement memory locking and the Lock command. However, a Tag need not support all the Action fields in Figure 6.25, depending on whether a Tag implements the memory location associated with the Action field and that memory location is lockable and/or unlockable. If a Tag receives a Lock it cannot execute because one or more memory locations do not exist, or one or more of the Action fields attempt to change a permalocked value, or one or more of the memory locations are either not lockable or not unlockable, then the Tag shall not execute the Lock and instead treat the command’s parameters as unsupported (see Table C.30). The only exception to this general rule is for a Tag that (a) does not support File_N, N>0 and (b) whose only lock functionality is to permanently lock all memory (i.e. all memory banks and all passwords) at once; such a Tag shall execute a Lock whose payload is FFFFFh, and shall backscatter an error code for any payload other than FFFFFh.


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