Inside Logistics

Impinj releases tag chip and source tagging platform

Chips optimized for single-use applications


April 7, 2011
by MM&D staff

Seattle: Impinj Inc is launching two components for item-level RFID across retail markets and supply chains. The Monza 5 tag chip and STP source tagging platform help the scaling of RFID retail inventory management solutions, the company said.

The Monza 5—Impinjʼs newest RFID tag chip—serializes items such as clothing, electronics, cosmetics, jewelry and pharmaceuticals. The chips are optimized for single-use tag applications, Impinj said.

The STP source tagging platform is a UHF RFID reader system with hardware and software that streamlines high-speed commissioning during item-level tagging. The STP encodes up to 1,750 tags per minute and simplifies source tagging by supporting inline and bulk encoding solutions. Monza 5 tag chips also include Impinjʼs SafeWrite mechanism, which the company said helps ensure accurate operation when writing data into the tag.

“We believe Monza 5 and STP bring to market exactly what retailers, suppliers and tag manufacturers need for item-level tagging to go mainstream,”said William Colleran, Impinj president and CEO.

Inpinj said Monza tag chips support two features designed to boost inventory performance for EPC and TID-based applications: TagFocus mode minimizes redundant reads of strong tag signals, allowing the reader to focus on harder-to-find tags with weaker signals. FastID mode makes applications based on tag ID (TID)—such as authentication—practical for the first time by boosting TID-based inventory speeds.

The STP source tagging platform enables item-level source tagging deployments and leverages Monza chips, helping to sustain line throughput up to 1,750 tags per minute. The STP allows suppliers to use bulk or inline encoding solutions. STP allows users to implement either method of encoding or a hybrid approach.

Built on the Impinj Speedway Revolution reader with Autopilot technology, the STP platform includes software APIʼs for easy application development and application-specific antennas and operating modes tuned for inline or bulk encoding.