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By Beth Bacheldor

Smartrac Releases DogBone, ShortDipole Tags Based on Monza R6 Chip

Smartrac has expanded its product portfolio with the addition of new DogBone and ShortDipole inlays and tags based on the Impinj Monza R6 chip. The new inlays and tags join previously released versions of Smartrac's Belt and MiniWeb tags made with the Monza R6 chip (see RFID News Roundup: Smartrac Launches New RFID Inlays for Retail Based on Impinj Monza R6).

Smartrac's DogBone Monza R6 tag
DogBone inlays and tags are designed for global supply chain, industrial, reusable transport item (RTI) and sports-timing applications, Smartrac reports, and perform well in demanding environments and on various difficult-to-tag materials. ShortDipole inlays and tags are designed for global retail, industry and supply chain applications, the company adds, and can meet a range of performance requirements, including those of lower detuning materials like cardboard, plastics, corrugated boxes and RTIs.

The DogBone R6 and ShortDipole R6 are optimized for converted labels measuring 10 centimeters (4 inches) in width, and are also available in dry, wet and paper tag delivery formats.

Smartrac's ShortDipole Monza R6 tag
In accordance with the specifications of Impinj's Monza R6 chip, DogBone and ShortDipole inlays and tags are available in operating frequencies from 860 MHz to 960 MHz, and comply with the EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C international standards.

The Monza R6, unveiled in April 2014 (see New Impinj Chip Promises Higher Sensitivity, Read Range and Flexibility), is optimized for item-level tagging and comes with 96 bits of Electronic Product Code (EPC) memory. The chip 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 Smartrac, it offers features like AutoTune technology for automatic environmental detuning compensation, Enduro technology for better consistency of tag performance, and Integra technology to increase an RFID system's data integrity and reliability.

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