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Tags: Retail

Smartrac Unveils New Belt Inlays Based on NXP's UCODE 8 Chips

Smartrac has introduced new Belt inlays featuring UCODE 8 - NXP's recently introduced UCODE 8 passive UHF RFID chip platform. Smartrac Belt inlays are designed for item-level retail and logistics applications. The company says the inlays deliver extended read range and allow usage in light dielectric materials, such as cardboard or plastic boxes.

Smartrac's new Belt inlay
UCODE 8 is the latest generation of NXP's UCODE series and enables superior read distances and faster inventory counts for high volumes of items. The chip features an automatic adjustment function that optimizes the chip sensitivity to gain maximum performance in different environments. This optimization is performed at startup and is enabled in the default chip configuration as delivered by NXP. The chip also has an integrated Brand Identifier function to prove product authenticity, and a memory safeguard system to protect business data.

Smartrac's new inlays take advantage of the new features in the UCODE 8 chips. The company says they also offer compact size, high performance and suitability for a wide range of applications. Belt inlays and tags are designed for brand protection, inventory accuracy, loss prevention and enhanced customer experience applications. The tags can also be read at close range, as well as long distances.

"We are very excited to be expanding our comprehensive RAIN RFID portfolio and IoT solutions by incorporating one of the most advanced chips in the market, UCODE 8. Further inlays and product innovations will follow in the coming months. In collaboration with our long-term partner NXP, we will be able to enrich our product offerings for our customers in areas such as retail, logistics, industry and more", says Hal Hikita, Senior Vice President Product Management of Smartrac.

Smartrac Belt with NXP UCODE 8 is included on the approved inlay list for all categories by the Auburn University RFID lab. The Belt inlays have a die-cut size of 73 x 17 mm (2.9 x 0.7 in). They will initially be offered as a paper tag, dry or wet inlay format, and they are available immediately.

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