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RFID chips first to target new global spec

Posted: 06 Apr 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:royal philips electronics? rfid chip? epcglobal? ultra high frequency? uhf?

Royal Philips Electronics announced that it has produced and tested (in cooperation with its industry partners) first samples of an RFID chip compliant with EPCglobal's Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Electronic Product Code (EPC) Class 1 Generation 2 (G2) standard.

Designated the ucode epc g2, the chip features a one-time programmable memory for the 96bit EPC, covers all mandatory commands and provides a selection of optional commands as specified in the EPCglobal Class 1 G2 standard. The chip uses an anti-collision algorithm that enables the reading of up to 1,600 labels per second under current US regulations, and up to 600 labels per second under current European regulations. Through a flexible implementation of the application field identifier (AFI), the IC will be able to support both EPCglobal and pending ISO 18000-6c coding structures.

With the availability of Class 1 G2 solutions, both prior UHF technology solutions (Class 0 and Class 1 Generation 1) standardized by EPCglobal can now be replaced. Mandating organizations, such as major retailers and their suppliers, can now install readers and use tag solutions that support this worldwide standard. EPC G2 also addresses the differing regional regulatory environments for the UHF bands allocated for RFID, allowing UHF to be used worldwide enabling these organizations to deploy a unified RFID supply chain infrastructure throughout the world.

Philips has brought together a group of companies to develop an end-to-end solution. The companies include ASK, Checkpoint, Deister Electronic, Feig, Intermec, Omron, SAMSys, Thingmagic, UPM Rafsec and X-Ident. These organizations have committed to develop labels, hardware and solutions based on the new RFID chip in Q2 2005, aiming for availability of the first components in the following quarter.

The UCODE EPC G2 is priced at 9 cents each in 10,000-piece quantities. It is scheduled for mass production in Q3 2005.


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