RFID supplier Alien Technology Unleashes Second Wave of Gen2 RFID Chips
Uh. Hradiste, 26.10.2006
New Alien Gen2 Chip fully compatible with existing Gen2 chips, but with 10X faster write speeds, extended range and advanced functionality
Alien Technology Corporation announced the availability of its new Alien Gen2 UHF RFID Integrated Circuit (codenamed "Higgs"), a functional drop-in replacement for currently shipping Gen2 chips, but delivering a typical 30% longer read range and over 10 times faster write speeds than currently available Gen2 chips. Based on an innovative new underlying architecture, the EPCglobal-certified Alien Gen2 chip provides not only seamless compatibility and significantly improved performance, but also enables Alien - the world's leading supplier of Gen2 RFID tags - to quickly and cost-effectively deliver new tag products with advanced functionality optimized for new and emerging RFID applications.
"The new Alien Gen2 chip is the vanguard of the second wave of Gen2 RFID ICs, which are characterized by enhanced performance and powerful new functionality," said Keith McDonald, Sr. VP, Sales & Marketing, Alien Technology. "From the end user and RFID label converter perspective, transitioning to the new chip will be a simple, low-impact change - aside from the performance improvements and new high-speed programming capabilities, the new chip offers a seamless transition for existing implementations. In the future, Alien will be able to easily offer multiple new tag products for new applications with differing attributes, all without a fundamental change to our design and production and what is already the industry's lowest cost base."
Manufactured using Alien's patented, high-volume, low-cost FSA process, the Alien Gen2 chip will be the foundation for Alien UHF RFID tags. This includes the popular Alien Gen2 Squiggle tag, the newly announced additions to Alien's World Tag family, and Alien's newly announced small form factor tags.
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About Alien Technology
Alien Technology Corporation is a leading provider of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) products for global customers in government, retail, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, transportation, and other industries. Using its patented manufacturing process, Fluidic Self Assembly (FSA(R)), Alien manufactures EPC tags in very high-volumes and at low cost. The company provides a family of RFID readers for a variety of applications including supply chain management, logistics, and anti-counterfeiting, to improve inventory management and reduce operating costs. Alien is an active member of EPCglobal. More information about Alien Technology Corporation can be found on the Company's website at www.alientechnology.com
About RFID technology
RFID is an abbreviation that stands for Radio Frequency Identification. RFID is a contactless identification serving for data transfer and storage using electromagnetic waves. The basic RFID components for information storage and transfer include a chip (tag), located on a plastic support and connected to a spiral antenna, by means of which it communicates with a scanner EPC code (Electronic Product Code), uniquely identifying a given tag, or a product or transport package, sensor with antenna, electronic device responsible for mediation of communication with tags via the antenna and for reading of the EPC code and middleware, which filters and submits data for use within the information system. The reader can be in a form of for example RFID gate or it can be mobile in the form of data terminal/scanner. The role of standardization commission is played by the EPCglobal association. EPCglobal members now include hundreds of renowned world firms out of numerous business companies, product manufacturers and technological companies. EPCglobal is represented in the Czech Republic by the GS1 Czech Republic association.