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RFID solutions boast improved performance, low cost

Posted: 14 Apr 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:rfid ic? tracking? handheld readers? inlay?

Alien Technology has introduced a trio of high-performance, business-class technologies led by the low-cost Higgs 4 IC. The Higgs 4 IC claims the industry's highest sensitivity rating and enables business-class read accuracy and rates, optimized user memory, advanced security features and a sleek design targeted at cost-sensitive applications. It provides up to a 20 percent sensitivity improvement over competitive products and a price point for rapidly expanding mature and emerging markets. Complementing the Higgs 4 IC are Alien's innovative mobile handheld reader that delivers true mobility with industry-leading receive sensitivity, and four inlay antennas that deliver exceptional range, reliability and price/performance for a broad range of RFID applications.

With its improved performance and smaller footprint, Alien's Higgs 4 IC aims to become the flagship product for Alien's RFID family and will begin sampling in June. The IC is targeted at converters, packaging suppliers, service bureaus, inlay manufacturers and end-user customers that need exceptional value with no compromises. With unique tag identification and extended memory capabilities, the Higgs 4 IC enhances RFID applications that include item-level tracking of apparel, electronics, sporting goods, luxury items, pharmaceutical drugs, spirits and tobacco.

Alien's ALH-900x family of mobile handheld readers delivers good receive sensitivity, enhanced interference rejection and a compact ergonomic footprint with high read rates for demanding retail, supply chain, manufacturing and other asset-management applications.

The readers help users deploy EPC Gen 2 RFID solutions utilizing the Window CE Net 5.0 operating system with a lightweight design, 3.5 inch VGA touch screen, WIFI and Bluetooth integrated in an easy-to-integrate, easy-to-manage package that provides unparalleled ergonomics and ease of use for the operator. The ALH-900x supports both Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6c standards and versions for the U.S. and EU will be available in May.

Additionally, the Squiggle member of Alien's inlay family continues to provide better range, reliability and price for a broad range of traditional and innovative RFID applications. The newest additions to the family include the Squiglette (ALN-9630), H (ALN-9627), Squig (ALN-9610) and SIT (ALN-9613), which all deliver outstanding EPC Gen2 performance and reliability in narrower, compact form factors that make them ideal for item-level applications.

Some of the key features of the Alien Higgs 4 IC include:

Authentication: The Higgs 4 IC has a 64bit Unique Tag ID (UTID) that is programmed at the factory and can't be altered. This security feature allows the manufacturer to ensure the authenticity of any product it sellsparticularly important for products that are subject to counterfeiting, diversion and tax or duty fraud. Higgs 4 IC also has Alien's Dynamic authentication features to defeat production at unauthorized silicon foundries or counterfeiting of the chip itself.

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