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SML Group launches new inlays based on Impinj Monza R6 chip ••• Trimble introduces autonomous operation support in its ThingMagic Mercury API ••• Nedap intros next generation of microwave RFID readers ••• Tadbik ramps up with new Mühlbauer RFID smart label equipment ••• DataSource Mobility announces RFID-enabled asset-tracking software ••• Aucxis wins contract for fisheries container-tracking solution.
By Beth Bacheldor
Jun 04, 2015

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: SML Group; Trimble, ThingMagic; Nedap; Tadbik, Mühlbauer; DataSource Mobility; and Aucxis.

SML Group Launches New Inlays Based on Impinj Monza R6 Chip

Apparel brand identification solution provider SML Group is marketing two new RFID inlays—the GB3_R6 and MAZE_R6—designed for high-volume retail applications. Both are based on Impinj's Monza R6 chip, SML Group reports, and designed to bring retailers and brand owners significantly improved read ranges across wider angles of orientation, particularly for difficult deployment situations, such as when tagged products are stacked closely together or are displayed on metal shelving.

SML's GB3_R6 inlay
The GB3_R6 measures 50 millimeters by 30 millimeters (1.97 inches by 1.18 inches) and is designed to perform extremely well in a wide variety of orientation modes, according to the company. Its strong backscatter performance gives it a long read range, even when handheld readers and older models with lower receiver sensitivities are used. The GB3_R6 is suitable for item- and asset-tracking, the company reports, including denim, poly bags, apparel tags and boxed items.

The MAZE_R6 measures 68 millimeters by 14 millimeters (2.68 inches by 0.55 inch) , SML Group says, and features enhanced antenna architecture with improved forward and reverse link performance, enabling it to perform well in dense tag populations. According to the company, the MAZE_R6 is suitable for item- and asset-tracking, including pallet placards, cases, denim, poly bags, apparel tags and boxed items.

SML's MAZE_R6 inlay
Both the GB3_R6 and MAZE_R6 inlays feature read sensitivity up to -20.0 dBm and write sensitivity up to -16.7 dBm. The Monza R6—unveiled in 2014 (see New Impinj Chip Promises Higher Sensitivity, Read Range and Flexibility)—provides the inlays with additional features, including Impinj's AutoTune technology that can help improve inlay responsiveness by automatically and continually re-tuning the on-chip radios to compensate for changing environmental conditions, including the effects of nearby materials like fabrics, packaging and fixtures; TagFocus, which is designed to suppress previously read inlays to enable fast capture of inlay data; and FastID, which allows a high-speed multi-volume encoding process with quick write speeds of 1.6 milliseconds for 32 bits.

Both the GB3_R6 and MAZE_R6 inlays have passed the ARC performance tests as defined by the RFID Lab at Auburn University, certifying that the inlays fully comply with specs A, B, C, D, F, G, I, K and M. The purpose of the ARC performance tests is to ensure that retail suppliers are able to deliver RFID-tagged product to retailers that meet or exceed the levels of performance necessary, SML Group explains, in order to provide benefits to both retailer and retail supplier in a consistent and cost-effective manner.

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