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RFID News Roundup

Impinj intros new RFID chips, RFID reader system-in-package ••• FEIG Electronics debuts cVEND, a secure contactless payment and ticketing system ••• Invengo markets anti-counterfeiting RFID labels in the U.S. ••• Checkpoint Systems announces RFID upgrade kit for EAS applications ••• R-pac International acquires Truecount item-level tracking software ••• Bluetooth beacon platform provider Swirl closes $18M investment.
By Beth Bacheldor
Apr 30, 2015

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Impinj; FEIG Electronics; Invengo; Checkpoint Systems; r-pac International and Truecount; Swirl Networks.

Impinj Intros New RFID Chips, RFID Reader System-in-Package

The Monza R6-P chip
Impinj has introduced three new products: Monza R6-P, Monza S6-C and the Indy RS2000 RFID reader SiP (system-in-package). All three items, which were unveiled at the recent RFID Journal LIVE! 2015 in San Diego, comply with RAIN RFID, ISO 18000-63 and EPC Gen 2 standards for passive UHF RFID tags and readers.

The Monza R6-P and the Monza S6-C are tag chips compliant with EPC Gen2v2 standard. The Monza R6-P chip is optimized for serializing items such as apparel, electronics, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, jewelry and various other products, according to Impinj. It features read sensitivity of up to -22.1 dBm with a dipole antenna, a write sensitivity of up to -17.3 dBm, and up to 128-bits of EPC memory, a 48-bit serialized TID and up to 64 bits of user memory. With the Impinj ItemEncode software, the Monza R6-P offers encoding throughput up to 9,500 tags per minute.

The S6-C chip was designed from the ground up for deploying secure ticketing and metering solutions, according to Impinj. The chip features a fail-safe one-way counter, making it suitable choice for applications such as transit, parking, events and consumables. It offers a read sensitivity of up to -22.1 dBm with a dipole antenna and write sensitivity of up to -17.3 dBm. It has 96-bits of EPC memory, a 48-bit serialized TID, 32 bits of user memory and encoding throughput up to 9,500 tags per minute using the Impinj ItemEncode software.

The Indy RS2000 is a reader chip designed to be easily embedded into a device, requiring only connections to a power source, digital communication with a host, and an antenna. The package design allows it to be attached to a PCB using standard surface mount technology (SMT), with no need for additional connectors or mounting hardware, according to Impinj. The RS2000 is capable of reading hundreds of tags per second at distances greater than 10 meters when using a 6 dBi reader antenna and far-field passive tags, the company says. Its small form factor, 38.5 by 52.5 by 4.3 millimeters, enables a diverse range of applications, such as inventory management, portal readers, POS solutions, access control, process control in industrial automation, medical equipment, and performance handheld readers.

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