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TI, Impinj agree to work together on RFID standard update

Posted: 19 Jan 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:impinj? radio frequency identification? rfid? epcglobal?

Fabless semiconductor startup Impinj Inc., whose patented Self-Adaptive Silicon technology is being applied to radio frequency identification (RFID) products, has agreed to cooperate with Texas Instruments Inc. on the development of products that are compliant with a standard ratified by EPCglobal Inc., according to Impinj.

The particular RFID standard is the Class 1, Generation 2 (Gen 2) standard, which applies to the UHF band centered around 900MHz, overcomes limitations of EPCglobal's Class 0 and Class 1 specifications. It is expected to offer robust operation in high-density reader environments, compliance with global spectrum regulations, superior tag throughput, field rewritability and enhanced security and privacy.

"Interoperability of Gen 2 products from multiple vendors is crucial for rapid adoption of RFID. Through our cooperation, Impinj and TI will ensure a supply of interoperable Gen 2 products from two complementary sources," said William Colleran, president and chief executive officer of Impinj, in a statement.

"Impinj's UHF chip design capability will greatly augment TI's efforts to provide Gen 2 products quickly, so that customers can reap rewards from near-term RFID implementations," said Julie England, vice president of Texas Instruments and general manager of Texas Instruments RFid Systems, in the same statement.

- Peter Clarke

Silicon Strategies

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