RFID leader supporting development of EPC UHF Gen2 standard
DALLAS, TX (February 24, 2004) – Texas Instruments Radio Frequency Identification (TI-RFid™) Systems, a worldwide leader of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, today announced it is has joined the Hardware Action Group (HAG) of EPCglobal, Inc., the technical action group responsible for developing RFID technology standards. TI was one of the first companies to join EPCglobal after its formation in October 2003 as a non-profit joint venture of the standards organizations EAN International and the Uniform Code Council Inc.
EPCglobal is overseeing the development of the Electronic Product Code (EPC) standard designed to enable enhanced visibility of information about products moving through the retail supply chain. As a member of the EPCglobal’s Hardware Action Group, Texas Instruments RFid Systems is supporting the development and rapid ratification of a global, interoperable EPC standard using ultra-high frequency (UHF) RFID technology. TI is endorsing the vision of a new generation UHF Gen2 standard for its ability to meet the requirements and performance needs of the retailers and manufacturers implementing EPC in the supply chain. Key end-user careabouts for RFID UHF tags, including interoperability, read/write field programmability, and global performance, are driving the need for this new generation EPC standard. Wal-Mart and several other retailers globally are endorsing this same vision for this new EPC RFID standard for pallet and case-level tagging.
“TI has been a proponent of RFID standards and a long-time participant in global standards bodies. We see a solid business case for RFID in the supply chain and look forward to working with other industry leaders and EPCglobal in driving the development and mass commercialization of global standards-based RFID technology to the market,” said David Slinger, general manager, Texas Instruments RFid Systems and vice president Texas Instruments, Inc.
Since its inception in 1990, Texas Instruments RFid Systems has participated in the development of RFID standards with international organizations including ISO/IEC, ANSI and AIM, Inc., the global trade association for automatic identification, data collection and networking in a mobile environment. Together with other RFID manufacturers, TI-RFid Systems was instrumental in defining the ISO/IEC 15693 standard, which uses 13.56 MHz RFID smart label technology.
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