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SML Group intros smaller, more sensitive inlay ••• CISC Semiconductor unveils UHF RFID real-time sniffer ••• eAgile launches tiny UHF inlay for pharmaceutical, health-care items and more ••• Most retailers ready for Internet of Things, Zebra survey finds ••• JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo implements InvoTech uniform and linen system ••• Toshiba launches SDHC memory card with built-in NFC ••• PLS acquires RTI Manager to offer complete RFID-enabled pallet/container tracking solution.
By Beth Bacheldor
Jan 15, 2015

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: SML Group; CISC Semiconductor; eAgile; Zebra Technologies; JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo, InvoTech; Toshiba; PLS, and RTI Manager.

SML Group Intros Smaller, More Sensitive Inlay

SML Group has introduced the GB4, a new inlay featuring a smaller footprint and improved sensitivity, making it suitable ideal for item-level inventory applications in retail and supply chains, such as tracking stacked denim or garments on hangers.

SML's_GB4 inlay
The GB4 incorporates NXP Semiconductors' Ucode7 chip, unveiled in 2013 (see NXP Releases Ucode 7, a Faster and More Sensitive Chip), an ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID integrated circuit that increases read and write sensitivity (meaning the chip requires less power to be read or encoded than previous NXP chips), and greater backscatter strength (to improve read performance).

The GB4 measures 42 millimeters by 16 millimeters (1.65 inches by 0.63 inch), making it suitable for smaller-sized garment labels and care labels with washing instructions, SML Group reports. Its read sensitivity at -21 dBm allows for more secure and accurate reading of tags in noisy environments and over longer distances, according to SML, and its write sensitivity at -16dBm allows for faster chip encoding, as well as for bulk encoding. The inlay's chip also features a Product Status Flag feature, allowing for electronic article surveillance (EAS) alarm functionality, SML Group indicates. The inlay can be used in a stick-on label, encapsulated inside an apparel hangtag or embedded in a care label. Compliant with the EPC Gen 2 standard, the GB4 operates at a frequency of 860 to 960 MHz across the global UHF RFID frequency band. The inlay has successfully passed the Auburn University's ARC testing regimen, sanctioning its use in the retail apparel market.

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