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Impinj CEO: GEN 2 Tags Ready in Second Quarter

Impinj CEO Bill Colleran announced this week that his company would introduce GEN 2 tags and readers sometime in the second quarter.
Mar 23, 2005This article was originally published by RFID Update.

March 23, 2005—Seattle, Washington-based Impinj CEO Bill Colleran announced at the PC Forum this week in Scottsdale, Arizona, that his company would introduce RFID tags and readers that conform to the GEN 2 specification sometime in the second quarter. The reader, dubbed Speedway Reader, will read 1,500 tags per second. Colleran was naturally bullish on the RFID tag market, saying, "There is no reason 5 cent tags aren't possible. This is the first market ever for consumable silicon."

Since GEN 2's ratification last December, the tag manufacturers have been ramping up to begin production. The third quarter of this year is when most expect to see GEN 2 product available, so if Colleran's Impinj makes Q2, it might be the first to market. But that's hard to predict with any certainty, of course. Texas Instruments, Philips, Alien, Rafsec, and others are all racing to get GEN 2 tags and readers out the door. Exactly when each company succeeds in doing so is anybody's guess.

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