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By Beth Bacheldor

Tageos Announces Availability of UHF RFID Labels With Monza R6 Chips

Tageos, a manufacturer of RFID labels comprising a paper-only substrate and a printed antenna, has announced the availability of EPC Gen 2 passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID labels made with Impinj Monza R6 RFID chips. The Monza R6, unveiled last April (see New Impinj Chip Promises Higher Sensitivity, Read Range and Flexibility), is designed to make tags more sensitive than those employing other chips, with a longer read range and new features aimed at increasing the yield of properly functioning tags during manufacturing and encoding processes. According to the company, the Monza R6 can be encoded at a rate of 32 bits per 1.6 milliseconds (32 bits is the most common length of data chunks used when encoding with the EPC Gen 2 Blockwrite command).

The EOS-300 R6, designed for general use, is suitable for all apparel product categories and offers a comfortable tag size for printing product information, measuring 54 millimeters by 34 millimeters (2.13 inches by 1.34 inches). The EOS-400 R6 measures 74 millimeters by 21 millimeters (2.91 inches by 0.83 inches) and is specially designed for apparel-tagging needs, Tageos indicates. The EOS-500 R6 measures 100 millimeters by 26 millimeters (3.94 inches by 1.02 inches) and is the most powerful tag in the lineup. According to Tageos, this tag is suitable for applications requiring a high reading distance, such as carton or pallet tagging and identification in retail industry supply chains.

Also included in the R6 lineup is the redesigned EOS-210 label, which had been reworked to better meet the requirements of customers, particularly those in retail apparel, Tageos reports. With a reduced form factor of 45 millimeters by 30 millimeters (1.77 inches by 1.18 inches), it is suitable for tagging a variety of small fashion items, such as poly-bagged items, men's and ladies' underwear, and related accessories, and meets retailers' critical needs of smaller RFID labels, the company says. The EOS-210 is also available with NXP Semiconductors' Ucode 7 chip.

"A large number of fashion brands have shown an interest in our 100 percent paper-based RFID labels especially with the increased tag performance conveyed by the Monza R6 chip," said Matthieu Picon, Tageos' CEO, in a prepared statement. "Many of them were impressed and have started the process of switching to the latest tag versions. The cost savings gained by Tageos customers who turn to a single vendor for all their labeling needs add up to the savings they achieve on each Tageos label, which are up to 30 percent lower cost than competing plastic inlay-based tags."

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