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Study: RFID reader market is integrating, innovating

Posted: 07 May 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RFID market forecast? ultrahigh frequency RFID?

RFID readers are becoming both more highly integrated and more innovative, according to ABI Research in its new study "Passive RFID Readers: Market Trends and Forecasts."

Reader ICs have come to lead the market for low frequency and high frequency RFID, enabling these technologies to be integrated into smaller, more power-efficient devices. According to ABI, similar integration is now happening in ultrahigh frequency (UHF) RFID readers, as products that incorporate the first generation of UHF reader ICs are coming to market.

"The EPCglobal Gen 2 passive UHF RFID standard has proved to be functional and robust," said principal analyst Pete Poorman. "This has given IC manufacturers the confidence in the market that they needed to move forward with ICs that implement this standard."

Meanwhile, the same foundation of stable, tested standards that enables highly-integrated reader ICs is proving to be a jumping-off point for new innovations. "Reader and tag vendors are adding innovative capabilities by building on top of the standards," said Poorman. "These enhancements not only provide enhanced functionality and performance, but also improve manageability and lower reader costs."

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