Innovative new 13.56 MHz Circular RFID Inlays ideal for tracking consumer goods

Texas Instruments, a worldwide leader in RFID technology, announces two new circular RFID inlays as part of their growing range of 13.56 MHz Tag-it HF-I RFID tags designed for tracking in retail, pharmaceutical, archive and other applications. The new in-lays have been developed to meet the growing demand to tag a wider range of products from DVDs and books to pharmaceutical products

The new circular RFID in-lays include a 32.5 mm diameter version (about 11/4 inches) ideal for CDs or DVDs where they fit neatly on the central hub, and a smaller 24.2 mm (about 1 inch) one suitable for pharmaceutical products, general retail products, books, documents and in libraries. Both inlays are fully compliant with international ISO/IEC 15693 vicinity card standards and the ISO/IEC 18000-3 item management standard, making them suitable for worldwide use in many industries.

According to TI-RFID, the inlays ultra-thin design allows them to be easily incorporated into a wide range of packaging for consumer products on retail shelves and in the supply chain and they are already being added to CDs/DVDs, plastic bottles, labels, books, cardboard boxes, as well as for wristbands and keyfobs for use in patient ID, access control, entry to theme parks, wireless payment etc. We are continuing to experience an extremely high demand for our high-frequency 13.56 MHz transponders and we have recently expanded our manufacturing lines and product offerings to give our systems integrators and end-user customers the flexibility to apply innovative RFID solutions in their businesses, said Bill Allen, director of marketing and communications for Texas Instruments RFid Systems.

CD/DVD Inlay
TIs Tag-it HF-I CD/DVD Inlay has been specifically designed to be attached to the case or moulded into the plastic hub in the centre of a CD or DVD. Applications for the TI inlay include item and shelf-level identification and tracking of CDs and DVDs in libraries, and retail music or movie rental stores. Staff can use handheld RFID readers to quickly and easily double-check that the correct items are stored in the right order on the proper shelf or rack. The application can also be automated through shelf-level RFID readers linked to the stores centralized inventory management system.

Circular Inlay
At only 24.2 mm in diameter, the Tag-it HF-I Circular Inlay is suitable for a range of applications, from pharmaceutical supply chain management to access control and ticketing. This mini circular inlay provides an additional level of flexibility for applications such as pharmaceutical item-level tracking, facilitating the attachment of the inlay to the bottom of prescription bottles, for example. The inlay also facilitates advanced patron ID and payment applications, allowing end users such as sports venues, amusement parks and special events, to customize RFID-enabled ID wristbands to nearly any shape.

Various RFID systems integrators are already integrating the new 13.56 ISO/IEC inlays for item-level management of many different products - from supermarkets and retail stores to libraries, pharmaceutical products, as well as for patient identification in hospitals and patron ID, ticketing and wireless payment at amusement parks and sports venues.

The new circular RFID in-lays are part of TIs on-going development to offer a broader array of radio frequency identification (RFID) transponders. We are continuing to experience an extremely high demand for high-frequency 13.56 MHz transponders and TI has expanded both its manufacturing lines and product offerings to give our systems integrator and end-user customers the flexibility to innovatively apply RFID solutions in their businesses, said Bill Allen, director of marketing and communications for Texas Instruments RFid Systems.

The availability of new RFID inlay form factors from Texas Instruments allows us to get creative in developing new wristbands, keyfobs and other product solutions, and expands our capabilities for serving customers in a variety of markets including patient ID, patron management and access control, said Irwin Thall, RFID manager for healthcare, Precision Dynamics Corporation.

Additional Product Features
Both the TI CD/DVD Inlay and the Circular Inlay product lines feature a unique, 64-bit factory-programmed encrypted UID (unique identification), that cannot be duplicated, ensuring that no item is misidentified. Each transponder contains 2,000 bits of memory and is available in a read/write format, allowing it to be programmed with both user and application-specific information. TI also manufactures a variety of 13.56 MHz, ISO/IEC 15693 and ISO/IEC 18000-3 reader/antennas and partners with software developers and systems integrators to provide customers with turnkey RFID solutions.

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