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RAIN RFID Alliance reports 15 billion RFID tag chips sold in 2018 ••• Know Labs RFID platform identifies blood-alcohol levels ••• Insight SiP launches BLE-enabled LoRa RF modules ••• Murata, Cypress, NXP collaborate on multi-platform Wi-Fi IoT solutions ••• Fujitsu intros new BLE wireless modules with Nordic Semiconductor SoC ••• Litmus Automation partners with Siemens on IoT edge-computing solutions for manufacturing.
By Rich Handley
Mar 07, 2019

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: the RAIN RFID Alliance; Know Labs; Insight SiP; Murata Manufacturing, Cypress Semiconductor, NXP Semiconductors; Fujitsu Components America, Nordic Semiconductor; Litmus Automation, and Siemens.

RAIN RFID Alliance Reports 15 Billion RFID Tag Chips Sold in 2018

The RAIN RFID Alliance has announced that 15.4 billion RFID tag chips were sold last year. This represents a 23 percent growth over the total sold for 2017, the organization reports, and the RFID market is on track to more than 20 billion tag chips sold annually for 2020 and beyond.

The Alliance collects volume data from RFID tag chip manufacturers that are members of the organization. These members, including Alien Technology, Axzon, EM Microelectronic, Impinj and NXP Semiconductors, sold 15.4 billion tag chips in 2018.

"RAIN is the preeminent identifying technology for the Internet of Things (IoT), and last year RAIN technology enabled over 15 billion things to be connected to the IoT," said Steve Halliday, the president of the RAIN RFID Alliance, in a prepared statement. "We have daily discussions with members of the Alliance, currently over 160 worldwide, and it is exciting to hear about the growing number of RAIN solutions to tag 'things' across many markets."

The markets using RAIN RFID include aviation, electronics, food, health care, logistics, manufacturing, packaging and retail. Tags can be attached or embedded; flexible or hardened; basic identification numbers or more memory and data; used for long-range or short-range; alone or connected to sensors, such as temperature or pressure; or without batteries or battery-assisted.

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