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By Beth Bacheldor

Trimble Unveils ThingMagic Sargas RFID Reader

Trimble has unveiled the ThingMagic Sargas, a new reader designed to enable systems integrators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to speed up the development of RFID solutions in order to reduce time-to-market with less overhead than typical projects. The announcement was made at last week's RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition, held in Orlando, Fla.

According to Trimble, the ThingMagic Sargas is a finished, networked reader with its own processor that can also have applications added to run on that processor. The onboard processor is a 1 GHz ARM 8 Cortex processor containing 512 megabytes of DDR memory and 4 gigabytes of flash memory. Featuring the ThingMagic Mercury Micro reader module incorporated into a low-profile enclosure measuring 87 millimeters by 80 millimeters by 23.8 millimeters (3.4 inches by 3.15 inches by 0.94 inch), the device reads more than 750 tags per second at distances of more than 9 meters (30 feet) when configured with appropriate antennas. The Sargas reader supports the EPC Gen2v2, ISO 18000-63 and LLRP standards. With an onboard processor, memory and removable flash storage, the company says, the reader has features designed for a wide range of enterprise applications, from retail and warehouse inventory to cold chain food management and health care.

ThingMagic Sargas
"We make it easy for integrators and OEMs to bring their RFID applications to market by providing hardware, software and on-board processing for integration," said Brett Humphrys, the general manager of Trimble's ThingMagic Division, in a prepared statement. "The enterprise features in the new Sargas UHF reader are an ideal illustration. For example, the built-in HDMI interface allows an integrator to add a display directly to the reader without external hardware, reducing cost and time-to-market. This capability is equally useful to an integrator using display peripherals for Human Machine Interface (HMI) in industrial applications, point of checkout for retail and warehouse applications or supervisory functions for parking applications."

In addition to having the HDMI port, the ThingMagic Sargas also has an Ethernet port, as well as four general-purpose input/output (GPIO) ports that can be controlled by the application on the processor, making it suitable for systems integration and able to turn things on and off, such as gates, alerts, diverters in conveyor systems, alarms and more, depending on what it reads. The reader also has a USB ports and two antenna ports.

The Sargas supports the ThingMagic Mercury API, which is common to all other ThingMagic readers and reader modules, reducing the amount of repetitive code required across a range of applications. A full software development kit (SDK) is available that supports Java, Dot-Net and C environments, together with test tools such as the Universal Reader Assistant. The onboard processor runs a version of Linux so the reader can support additional application code with onboard memory and removable storage on a micro SD card.

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