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Impinj Adds New Products, Agreements to Its Portfolio

The company has announced a new reader chip, a new item-level tracking solution, a new distribution agreement and more.
By Beth Bacheldor
Impinj also announced an item-level UHF EPC Gen 2 solution at RFID Journal LIVE! that includes a Zebra UHF RZ400 printer that prints and encodes 4-inch-wide smart labels, UPM Raflatac's EPC Gen 2 tags based on Impinj's Monza 3 tag chips, and Impinj's Speedway interrogator and reader antennas. Designed for pick-and-place operations in the manufacturing, information technology, retail and health-care industries, the solution is aimed at helping companies reduce errors, mis-shipments and process failures by enabling businesses to validate a box's contents, even when the package is sealed.

Last month, Impinj announced its packaged Monza 3 chips, engineered to sustain frequent thermal cycling and physical stress—conditions often present in industrial applications such as those in the electronics industry. RFID chips—which are basically dyes—typically come right off of wafers and are assembled into labels and tags.

"That's very cost-effective, but the chips are not very rugged and it requires special equipment to take the die off of the wafer," Krause says. "So we've actually taken the die off and put it into a small package so it can be assembled into a tag using standard semiconductor equipment." The result, he indicates, is a chip that can be embedded directly onto a printed circuit board. What's more, Krause says, Impinj customers can use solder, instead of adhesive, to attach the chip to the antenna "to create hard tags, or hard inlays, that can withstand even greater temperature variations and physical abuse." Packaged Monza 3 chips are available now in production quantities.

In addition to the above product announcements, Impinj has announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Cisper Electronics, based in Zevenbergen, in the Netherlands. The agreement authorizes Cisper to distribute Impinj's Speedway interrogators and antennas to RFID solution providers throughout Europe. "With Impinj, we have added high-performance UHF hardware to our RFID portfolio, enabling us to offer customers a one-stop shop for RFID products and sub-systems," said Leon de Ridder, Cisper's CEO, in a prepared statement. "Combining Impinj products with Cisper's extensive experience in RFID will prove to be a driver for success."

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