- RFID Reader Market Worth $1.18b in 2010
Venture Development Corporation yesterday released findings on last year's market for RFID readers, which the firm pegs at $320 million. Over the next five years, VDC expects the market to grow at a compound annual growth rate of almost 30%, reaching $1.18 billion in 2010.
- Weyerhaeuser Snaps Up Printed RFID Startup
Weyerhaeuser, the $22.6 billion conglomerate known to most as a timber company, today announced that it has acquired OrganicID, a developer of printed RFID. Financial terms were not disclosed.
- Xterprise Provides RFID for Plastic Pallet Pool
Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS), a startup that plans to offer an RFID-tagged all-plastic pallet pool, has selected Xterprise as its RFID solution provider. Xterprise will work with iGPS' manufacturing partners to embed RFID tags in the pallets, and will help design business applications for the company's pallet tracking system.
- United Nations CIO to Speak at AIDC 100 Event
The CIO of the U.N. World Food Program will explain the challenges of managing a logistics organization that operates in 83 countries.
- Savi Announces IP Licensing Program for Active RFID tags
The company hopes to encourage other RFID tag and reader makers to offer 433 MHz RFID hardware based on the ISO 18000-7 standard; the DOD will likely benefit.
- IGPS Rolls Out RFID-Enabled Plastic Pallets
Embedded with EPC Gen 2 tags, Intelligent Global Pooling Systems' pool of pallets can be tracked throughout the supply chain. Sensors connected to tags can indicate if products suffered damage in transit.
- Chinese RFID Standard Increasingly Unlikely
ABI Research last week announced findings from a newly released study on the Chinese RFID market. The findings indicate strong momentum for Gen2 is afoot that would be hard to curb if the Chinese government went forward with a separate, national standard.
- RFID: Maturing at a Natural Pace in the Supply Chain
AMR Research's Greg Aimi argues in this guest contribution that despite recent doubts about RFID in light of its slower-than-predicted uptake throughout the supply chain, the technology is in fact following a very predictable, natural lifecycle of adoption.
- Philips Enters Gen2 RFID Chip Fray
Philips Semiconductors has long been expected to enter the Gen2 silicon market, competing with the likes of Impinj, Texas Instruments, STMicroelectronics, and others to sell the microchips that power Gen2 RFID tags. It appears that the company's time has come.
- RFID Pilot Tracks Airline's Unit Load Devices
At Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport, Air France-KLM is using EPC Gen 2 tags to track large containers for shipping passenger luggage.
- Air France-KLM Embarks on RFID Luggage-Tag Trial
The carrier hopes to use the technology to provide new services and to improve its ability to return checked-in luggage to its passengers.
- Impinj Expands Gen2 RFID Chip Portfolio
Gen2 chip supplier Impinj has expanded its portfolio of offerings with the addition of two new chip products. The fabless semiconductor firm will now complement its flagship Monza chip with the Monza/ID and Monaco/64 chips that feature, respectively, factory-programmed production identification and user-programmable memory.
- IBM Launches End-to-End RFID Solution for Pharma
IBM today announced what it calls an end-to-end solution RFID track-and-trace solution for the pharmaceutical industry to help combat the growing problem of counterfeit drugs. The blended offering includes hardware, a middleware stack, use cases, and services.
- 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.