Leading UHF Gen 2 RFID technology provider Impinj, Inc. announced the Monza X-2K Dura and Monza X-8K Dura RFID tag chips which unlock new benefits in embedded RFID applications for consumer electronics manufacturers. The new, packaged chip offerings, which are compatible with traditional printed circuit board manufacturing, feature expanded memory with flexible configuration and control along with an added digital wireline interface for direct communication with other on-board components such as microprocessors or sensors. While a microprocessor can access the Monza X chip's memory under powered operation, an RFID reader can access the Monza X chip's memory even when the board is powered off. This dual memory access allows users, device manufacturers and service providers to control the functionality of an electronic device by modifying memory contents wirelessly via RFID, then reading this configuration information via the wireline link at power-up.
The innovative capabilities of the Monza X Dura chips enable a wide range of applications for electronics, including device locking in the supply chain to deter theft, changing device configuration, such as country or language settings, and controlling functionality based on the location of a device, such as in a retail store, library or secure facility. Other capabilities include using the digital wireline interface to connect environmental sensors, which can store data in the Monza X chip's memory and later communicate that information via RFID to a reader.
The Monza X-2K tag chip was featured by Intel Corporation, which was awarded for the Best Use of RFID in a Product or Service at the 2012 RFID Journal Live Conference in April. In the conference keynote, Intel outlined their upcoming RFID activities, including the inclusion of Monza X tag chips in their tablet computer reference design for products based on Microsoft Windows 8 coming to market later this year.
"At Intel we believe that embedding UHF RFID into electronics has the potential to dramatically impact not only Intel-based products, but all electronic devices," said Shahrokh Shahidzadeh, Senior Principal Engineer in Intel's Software and Solutions Group, responsible for Intel's RFID efforts. "We commissioned Impinj to develop the Monza X-2K and X-8K Dura products to help fulfill the vision we developed with our customers for embedding RFID tags."
Impinj demonstrated two exciting applications using the Monza X-2K Dura at the RFID Journal Live Conference. The first application demonstrated how Monza X chips enable electronic price tags that can be updated wirelessly using existing RFID infrastructure or handheld readers in retail stores. This capability automates the price-updating process, reducing costs and human error. The second application showed how Intel uses Monza X chips in their reference designs for Windows 8 tablets to deter theft by locking the tablet while in transit. Here, the Monza X chip configures the tablet as "unusable" until an RFID reader encodes the Monza X chip's memory appropriately at point of sale. Impinj also demonstrated how retailers can load gift cards or special offers onto the tablet at point of sale through the Monza X chip while the tablet is still in its unopened box and powered off.
"This new class of UHF RFID tag chips opens numerous new markets and applications for embedding RFID into electronics," said Kerry Krause, Impinj Vice President of Marketing. "In addition to our collaboration with Intel and support for their customers, we are seeing diverse interest for innovative applications enabled by Monza X-2K and X-8K Dura chips. We commend Intel for their pioneering vision and efforts in this area."
Monza X chip features include:
2 kbits or 8 kbits of user memory accessible both via RFID readers and via a digital wireline interface to microprocessors
Superior passive read/write sensitivity and the ability to boost sensitivity by supplying DC power
Two fully independent antenna ports, enabling multiple configurations for far-field and near-field
The ability to wake the microprocessor from low power states in response to an RFID write event
Impinj's QT technology and one-time programmable memory blocks for privacy and security of
sensitive information stored in the chip
The Monza X-2K Dura chip, which includes 2 kbits of user memory, is available immediately, and the 8 kbit Monza X-8K Dura will be available in August 2012. For more information about the advantages of Monza X-2K and X-8K Dura tag chips and to register for an upcoming webinar on these exciting new products, please go to www.impinj.com/MonzaX.
About Impinj, Inc.
Impinj is the leading provider of UHF RFID solutions for identifying, locating and authenticating items. Impinj draws on its technical expertise and industry partnerships to deliver a wide range of products and solutions, comprising high-performance tag chips, readers, reader chips, software, antennas and RFID subsystem integration. Impinj's products provide robust performance, integration and cost effectiveness to a global customer base across numerous vertical markets with applications including inventory management, asset tracking, authentication and serialization. For more information on Impinj, visit www.impinj.com.