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By Beth Bacheldor

Smartrac Launches New RFID Inlays for Retail Based on Impinj Monza R6

Smartrac has launched two new RFID inlays for the retail industry, both based on Impinj's Monza R6 chip. 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.

The Belt Monza R6 inlay
The new designs from Smartrac offer faster writing speed, greater backscatter strength, parallel encoding capabilities and increased read- and write-sensitivity, the company reports. The Belt Monza R6 inlay features a compact form factor with a smaller antenna compared to its predecessor—the antenna size is 70 millimeters by 10 millimeters (2.8 inches by 0.4 inch), while the die-cut size is 73 millimeters by 13 millimeters (2.9 inches by 0.5 inch). It has a read range of more than 10 meters (32.8 feet) and a write range of more than 5 meters (16.4 feet) in free air, in both the ETSI and FCC bands.

The Belt Monza R6 is available in model numbers 3004228 as a dry (naked) inlay, 3004229 as a wet (adhesive-backed) inlay and 3004230 as a paper label. According to Smartrac, the Belt Monza R6 has passed all of the most significant ARC tests at Auburn University's RFID Research Center.

The MiniWeb Monza R6 inlay
The MiniWeb Monza R6 inlay, a regional product designed for Europe's UHF band, comes with an antenna design size of 42 millimeters by 16 millimeters (1.7 inches by 0.6 inch) and a die-cut size of 45 millimeters by 18 millimeters (1.8 inches by 0.7 inch). It has a read range of more than 6 meters (19.7 feet) in cardboard or free air, and a range of 8 meters (26.2 feet) in plastic. The company says it expects the write range to be more than 3 meters (9.8 feet), though this has yet to be measured. The MiniWeb inlay model numbers are 3003194 as a dry inlay, 3003295 as a wet inlay and 3003296 as a paper label. The MiniWeb has passed ARC category K requirements for ETSI retail performance, as defined by the Auburn RFID Research Center.

Both new Smartrac inlays are available now.

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