- Gen2 RFID Chips from STMicro Hit Market
STMicroelectronics, the $9.5 billion semiconductor manufacturer, has very recently entered the market with Gen2 RFID chips that will compete against similar offerings from Impinj and, as of this week, Texas Instruments. RFID Update spoke with Francis Dell'ova, ST's RFID Business Unit Manager, about the new chips.
- Alien Cancels IPO Plans
Alien Technology has requested that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission withdraw its registration statement for an initial public offering.
- Prediction: 300m Gen2 RFID Tags Ship This Year
Analysts and industry watchers have long considered the number of RFID tags sold to be a key metric of the overall industry's size. The question is, with the industry supposedly crawling out of the trough of disillusionment, how many tags are actually being manufactured now, half-way through 2006.
- Alien Technology's IPO Woes
Alien's decision last week to delay its initial public offering has left industry watchers debating on whether the RFID company is a bellwether for the RFID industry as a whole.
- Texas Instruments Announces Gen2 RFID Chips
Texas Instruments today announced the release and general availability of its new Gen2 silicon, becoming one of only two companies to offer the integral chips which constitute the "brains" of Gen2-compliant RFID tags. The company says the chips offer increased performance and functionality over the competition.
- Texas Instruments Rolling Out Its Gen 2 Chips
TI says its Gen 2 chips will be available in August, in the form of wafers and as rolls of chips attached to straps. The company will stop making Gen 2 inlays.
- BT Auto-ID Launches Service for Food Supply Chain
The company says its new BT Foodnet service can be used to aggregate RFID and other auto-ID data about food-related materials and products and share it across the supply chain.
- RFID Provider Intelleflex Lands $15.5m
Intelleflex, the Silicon Valley-based provider of battery-assisted RFID platform solutions, today announced $15.5 million in a Series B round of equity funding. Led by Morgenthaler Ventures, the round was over-subscribed.
- Unilever Launches Trial Using EPCIS Protocol
The trial uses software that complies with EPCglobal’s proposed Electronic Product Code Information Services draft standard, following a successful test involving an EPCIS-based data repository from IBM and data analysis application from T3Ci.
- New RFID Chip Product Launch Imminent
The official launch of a Gen2 chip product is expected very soon. While no one would go on record with respect to the development, a number of sources have confirmed that in the coming weeks at least one silicon manufacturer will be announcing the availability of Gen2 chips in production quantities.
- Demand-Driven Supply Networks Give RFID Momentum
AMR Research data collected from over 450 retailers and manufacturers suggests that DDSN leaders are turning to RFID to instrument and accelerate their sensor networks. Analyst Colin Masson discusses how RFID is gaining momentum as demand-driven supply chains become a reality.
- Intermec and Symbol Settle RFID Lawsuits
After 15 months of legal wrangling, industry leaders Intermec and Symbol Technologies have announced an official agreement to lay down their arms -- that is, lawyers. While specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed, it is described broadly as having settled "all outstanding intellectual property disputes between the two companies."
- Gen2 RFID Versus the New Hewlett-Packard Chip
Hewlett Packard made headlines this week with its announcement of a tiny, wireless microchip capable of relatively high storage and data transfer rates. It seems like a Gen2 tag on steroids, and indeed some articles about the chip are calling it a competitor to RFID. Not likely.
- Intermec, Symbol Resolve Outstanding IP Disputes
The companies have worked out a cross-licensing agreement and a covenant not to sue one another over intellectual property rights for four years.
- Semi-Passive RFID Deployed at Global 3PL
Power Paper of Israel, together with value-added reseller NBG ID of France, have announced two large-scale RFID deployments at the French distribution centers of a leading global logistics company. The projects have utilized tens of thousands of battery-assisted passive UHF RFID tags from Power Paper's PowerID division.