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RFID News Roundup

UPM RFID debuts a bunch of new UHF RFID tags; Voyantic announces upgrades to reader tester and measurement software; Omni-ID launches family of RFID tags for tracking tools, rental equipment; InSync Software unveils Sapphire iApp Platform 4.0 for RFID-, GPS- and sensor-driven solutions; Metalcraft offers double-sided variable printing for RFID and bar-code products; CipherLab intros UHF handheld Bluetooth RFID reader; CAEN RFID's integrated UHF RFID USB/Bluetooth interrogator; InfoChip's tiny HF Bluetooth reader, embeddable UHF tag; Jolly supports Zebra Technologies' UHF RFID printers.
Mar 29, 2012The following are news announcements made during the past week.

UPM RFID Debuts a Bunch of New UHF RFID Tags
UPM RFID is introducing a variety of new inlays. Among them are its new UPM Buckle inlay, suitable for item-level retail, logistics, supply chain and similar applications. The Buckle inlay is made with Impinj's Monza 5 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID chip, as well as an EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C protocol-compliant IC designed to support an encoding rate of up to 3,000 tags per minute, and comes with a 48-bit serialized tag identifier (TID) memory (see Impinj Launches Products to Speed Item-Level Encoding). In addition, the Monza Self-Serialization feature offers the ability to generate a unique serialized global trade item number (SGTIN) directly from each chip, and without the need for complex and costly unique serialization solutions or services. The UPM Buckle features an antenna measuring 40 millimeters by 40 millimeters (1.6 inches by 1.6 inches) and a die-cut size of 43 millimeters by 43 millimeters (1.7 inches by 1.7 inches), as well as 128 bits of EPC memory. Samples will be available at RFID Journal LIVE! 2012, being held next week in Orlando, Fla. In addition, UPM RFID has announced that its UPM Web and UPM Trap UHF inlays are now available with Monza 5 chips. The Web inlay with the Monza 5 IC has an antenna size of 50 millimeters by 30 millimeters (2 inches by 1.2 inches) and a die-cut size of 54 millimeters by 34 millimeters (2.1 inches by 1.3 inches), and is particularly suitable for item-level retail, logistics and supply chain applications. The Web inlay with the Monza 5 IC is approved by the University of Arkansas' RFID Research Center for denim and polybagged apparel basics, in addition to other product categories for retail suppliers. The Trap NF inlay with the Monza 5 IC is designed for item-level identification requiring a small footprint, combined with strong near-field (NF) UHF performance. The Trap NF has an antenna measuring 8 millimeters by 22 millimeters (0.3 inch by 0.87 inch) and a die-cut size of 11 millimeters by 25 millimeters (0.43 inch by 0.98 inch). Samples of these inlays are available immediately. High-volume production of the Web and Trap NF Monza 5 inlays is slated to begin during the second quarter of 2012. The company is also introducing two inlays featuring NXP Semiconductors' Ucode G2iL chip: the UPM Stamp NF UHF inlay and the UPM Jewel UHF inlay. The Stamp model has a small footprint that fits well on small items, UPM reports, such as jewelry, electronics or cosmetics. The inlay's antenna size measures 12 millimeters by 12 millimeters (0.55 inch by 0.55 inch), with a die-cut size of 15 millimeters by 15 millimeters (0.66 inch by 0.66 inch). The Jewel inlay is designed for jewelry and accessories tagging, and has a double-sided print area of 19 millimeters by 31 millimeters (0.75 inch by 1.22 inches). The Ucode G2iL chip is EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C protocol-compliant, with 128 to 448 bits of EPC memory and unalterable TID memory of 96 bits, including a 48-bit unique serial number. Additional user memory offers up to 640 bits. Samples of the Stamp and Jewel NXP inlays will also be available at LIVE! 2012, with production volumes expected to be ready during the second quarter of this year. Moreover, UPM is upgrading several of its other products to the NXP Ucode G2iM UHF chip, including the UPM Belt (suitable for supply chain management and item-level retail apparel), the UPM DogBone (designed for logistical and industrial applications), the UPM ShortDipole (applicable for supply chain management applications) and the UPM Web and UPM MiniWeb (built for item-level apparel applications). The firm will showcase all of its new inlays at Booth 512 during the LIVE! conference.

Voyantic Announces Upgrades to Reader Tester and Measurement Software
Voyantic, a Finland-based provider of RFID measurement equipment, is launching a new version of its test system for measuring the performance of ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID readers. The company is also introducing Tagformance 5, a new version of its measurement software that helps businesses verify that tags operate properly, and qualifies how well they function (see Voyantic Helps Companies Put RFID Tags to the Test). Voyantic's Reader Test system allows RFID reader manufacturers to verify their products' performance, the company reports, both in R&D and manufacturing. It also enables the testing of a new hardware or firmware revision's impact on reader performance, quickly and easily. RFID application developers and end users can utilize the system to benchmark different readers and troubleshoot applications. The new version can now measure a reader's output power and sensitivity (radiated or conductive measurement), and can provide visibility into the communication between that reader and the connected tag IC with an oscilloscope. Other features include a tabletop design to create a standard test setup, as well as a graphical user interface (GUI) that lets a user control the Reader Tester Unit's sensitivity and backscatter signal strength. The test system typically consists of the Voyantic Reader Tester Unit, in addition to accessories and control software for a PC. The Reader Tester Unit enables a user to measure a UHF RFID reader's functionality, output power and sensitivity. What's more, the system allows a user to eavesdrop on the communication between an RFID reader and a tag. The new Tagformance 5 model provides enhanced usability, the company adds, via improved measurement setup and measurement-results handling that allows a user to sort results automatically by type, date and name, or manually, and to save, delete, hide or show selected measurements with a single click. Other improvements include an updated scripter tool for predefined and automated measurements with user-defined variables, an updated application development suite with Backscatter Curves in Population Analysis and Fast Interference Sweep, and full screen support. Voyantic will demonstrate its products in Booth 1109 at RFID Journal LIVE! 2012, being held next week in Orlando, Fla.

Omni-ID Launches Family of RFID Tags for Tracking Tools, Rental Equipment
RFID tag manufacturer Omni-ID has introduced a new family of products designed for being attached to, or embedded into, tools and other equipment, in order to enable inventory tracking, location monitoring, foreign object detection and maintenance tracking within a variety of environments. Omni-ID's portfolio of tool-tracking products now includes 10 new durable tags in a variety of shapes and sizes that can be inserted or embedded into, or attached to, a variety of metal and plastic tools, as well as a flexible tag for cables and other tubular assets. Speedy Services, a tool and equipment rental company based in the United Kingdom, is employing Omni-ID's Tool Tracking tags in an on-site solution that lets workers automatically check out tools via RFID. "We were searching for a way to provide full 24/7 access to the rental tools and equipment that we typically manually deliver and distribute on-site to our customers," said Glyn Matthews, Speedy Services' senior project manager, in a prepared statement. "We tested a variety of RFID solutions, but only Omni-ID tags provided the variety of sizes along with consistent performance and reliability we needed for our new on-site, self-service 'pod.' Workers enter the pod, and they automatically check in/out the necessary tools via RFID, it's all tracked and accounted for—it's that simple." The solution has been named a 2012 RFID Journal Awards finalist for Best Use of RFID to Enhance a Product or Service (see Finalists Unveiled for Sixth Annual RFID Journal Awards). Omni-ID will debut its new Tool Tracking tags in Booth 924 at RFID Journal LIVE! 2012, being held next week in Orlando, Fla.

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