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By Rich Handley

Impinj Intros New RFID Readers for E.U. Upper Frequency Band

Impinj has released a new RFID reader and gateways compatible with European Union upper-frequency-band operations: the Speedway four-port fixed reader, the xSpan gateway and the xArray gateway. High item density and RF-unfriendly environments can make it difficult to accurately read tags, the company reports, and moving items that remain in a reader's field-of-view for a short time are also hard to read. Readers operating at greater power and with higher bandwidth can make tags easier to read, the firm notes, with less time required to complete an inventory cycle.

Current EU regulations allow RFID operation in the frequency band of 865 to 868 MHz, using 2 watts of radiated power and 200 kHz channels. Impinj has advocated for regulatory changes to expand RFID operations into the 915 to 921 MHz frequency band, using 4 watts of radiated power and 400 kHz channels. The company's new reader and gateways are designed to match these anticipated regulation changes. The devices are intended to offer increased read range and coverage area, thereby reducing the number of readers and antennas required for a deployment.

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