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Marubeni Chemix introduces aviation-grade tags made with Tego chips; Murata, Kathrein partner on UHF RFID for use in electronics production; AeroScout closes $16 million investment; Cissoid, Instrumentel intro high-temp, passive RFID telemetry chip; IDTronic unveils EaZy aXXess access-control products; Buenos Aires toll operator selects TransCore's technology.
Nov 11, 2010The following are news announcements made during the past week.

Marubeni Chemix Introduces Aviation-grade Tags Made With Tego Chips
Tego has announced the worldwide availability of new aviation-grade RFID tags developed by Marubeni Chemix, using TegoChip technology. The TegoChip, a passive RFID IC compliant with the EPCglobal Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6c standards, offers up to 32 kilobytes of secure, tamper-proof memory. Tego first unveiled its passive RFID technology in early 2009 (see Tego Launches 32-kilobyte EPC RFID Tag). According to the company, the extra memory enables users to permanently encode large amounts of information to the chip, as well as access that data directly from the chip, without the need for battery power and using a standard EPC Gen 2 interrogator. Tokyo-based Marubeni Chemix is a provider of ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags for large industries. Marubeni's new TAGAT tags, part of a full product line based on TegoChip technology, are now available with the 4-kilobyte (32-kilobit) TegoChip XL inside, which Marubeni has purchased in wafer-scale quantities to meet global demand. "The Asian market has been demanding tags like this for quite a while, and we see many opportunities for these products," said Yoshihiko Tsujimoto, Marubeni Chemix's RFID tag development leader, in a prepared statement. "The combination of Marubeni's advanced tag technology and Tego's chip technology opens the door to new solutions worldwide that help companies cut costs and improve operational effectiveness." The TAGAT design addresses global interest in high-memory RFID solutions for storing the life history of parts, the two companies report. With the TegoChip, Marubeni's TAGAT tags are designed to improve maintenance and repair operations by streamlining a part's service-history management, inventory tracking and regulatory compliance. The ruggedized TAGAT tags are tested to the SAE AS5678 standards for flyable parts, are compatible with Air Transport Association (ATA) Spec 2000 specification for RFID tagging, and are interoperable with all standard UHF EPC Gen 2 readers. The tags can withstand gamma sterilization/radiation, and can be used in smart cards. An I2C interface supports other devices, including sensor applications. TAGAT tags are fully interoperable with the Tego Launch Kit, an out-of-the-box solution employed by aviation suppliers for tagging parts to the ATA standard. Tego will include the TAGAT tags in its launch kits, and Marubeni will sell and support Tego's full line of products to help customers rapidly deploy high-memory RFID solutions. Earlier this year, Tego announced that MAINtag, a French provider of RFID solutions, would supply Airbus with RFID tags made with Tego chips, as part of a multi-year program to tag parts across Airbus' A350 XWB fleet (see Airbus Signs Contract for High-Memory RFID Tags).

Murata, Kathrein Partner on UHF RFID for Use in Electronics Production
Murata a Japanese manufacturer of electronic components, has teamed up with antenna maker Kathrein to offer a solution designed to simplify the implementation of RFID in electronics production. The solution, the companies indicate, removes obstacles to RFID's adoption in the electronics production sector, and incorporates Murata's MagicStrap RFID module technology—a system for joining an EPC Gen 2 chip to a tag antenna by means of inductive coupling—and Kathrein's customized ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) antenna technology. "Kathrein have been active in the area of RFID for 25 years and possess comprehensive knowledge and experience in the area of UHF antennas, making them a perfect partner for this project," said Murata's Alexander Schmoldt, the project's leader, in a prepared statement. "Implementation of RFID in electronics production now has an optimum solution, made possible by the co-operation between Murata and Kathrein." With the new electronics production solution, MagicStrap RFID tags can be glued to a printed circuit board (PCB) at the first stage of the process, so that traceability is available from start to finish. Process parameters can be written to and read from the user memory in MagicStrap at any point along the production cycle, and Kathrein's customized antenna ensures that each single PCB is correctly addressed. MagicStrap is also compliant with the lead-free reflow process. According to the two companies, the jointly developed solution is currently on display at Kathrein's RFID demonstration center in Germany, where the use of MagicStrap on PCB and Kathrein readers in a real production-line environment can be shown.

AeroScout Closes $16 Million Investment
Real-time location system (RTLS) provider AeroScout has announced that it has secured $16 million in venture financing to capitalize on the strong demand for its Wi-Fi-based RFID tags and readers and RTLS software, in order to continue accelerating the adoption of its solutions. New investor Evergreen Venture Partners led the round, and all of AeroScout's existing investors—Cisco, Greylock Partners, Intel Capital, Menlo Ventures, Pitango Venture Capital and Star Ventures—participated in the current round of funding. The proceeds will be used for market expansion, AeroScout reports, including sales and marketing growth, as well as to continue broadening and enhancing the firm's solutions portfolio. "This latest investment in AeroScout reflects the high level of confidence the entire investor group has in AeroScout's ability to execute and in the market opportunity," said Doug Carlisle, Menlo Ventures' managing director, in a prepared statement. AeroScout reports that it has more than 600 customers worldwide, and that organizations across targeted industries—including health care, manufacturing, logistics and transportation, among others—currently utilize its RTLS solutions.

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