Alien Technology, an industry leader in RFID products and services, announced the expansion of its leading portfolio of Alien Squiggle EPC Gen 2 RFID tags with the introduction of two new form factors for case and item-level tracking in the consumer packaged goods, retail, transportation, government and defense industries. Together, the new tags represent the maturation of the market, with smaller, higher performance tags enabling more sophisticated tagging and broader implementation.
"With the enhanced portfolio of Squiggle tags, Alien has a robust variety of new high-performance inlays and tags, powered by our industry-leading Alien H2 chip," said Mike Hetrick, Alien's product director of global consumables. "The new item-level and case tag form factors have received great interest from our converters and we are excited about the opportunities for our growing portfolio of Squiggle tags powered by the industry leading Alien H2 chip."
The newest member of the Alien family, the diminutive Squiggle-SQ (ALN-9529), delivers exceptional range in the item-tagging arena despite being the size of a postage stamp. Due to its unique combination of size and performance, the tag is ideal for use in the pharmaceutical segment as well as other high-value, item-level applications. Tuned to operate optimally in the 902 to 928 MHz frequency range, the Squiggle-SQ will be available for sampling in October with volume production in December.
Delivering the same outstanding range and sensitivity of its namesake, the Squiggle-SH is designed to meet the global supply chain's requirement for an inlay that works with a 3-inch label. Providing exceptional performance anywhere in the world, the Squiggle-SH is available for sampling in December with volume production in Q1, 2008.
Alien's portfolio of tags also includes:
The Squiggle (ALN-9540), the most versatile member of Alien's family, delivers industry leading range, reliability and price for a broad range of traditional pallet and case uses as well as innovative new RFID applications. The Squiggle tag outperforms other tags in leading benchmark studies, including the recent EECC UHF Tag Performance Survey.
The 2x2 (ALN-9534) is a compact inlay that offers exceptional omni-directional performance and is well suited for tagging apparel and baggage. Measuring 47mm x 42mm, the tag is designed to fit in small labels and tags and delivers superior performance in the 860 to 960 MHz range.
The M-Tag (ALN-9554) provides a high-performance solution for tagging plastics such as tote bins and pallets. A larger tag at 94mm x 42mm, the M-Tag delivers the extra sensitivity needed in difficult tagging situations throughout the world.
All inlays and tags are based on Alien H2 UHF RFID IC, a breakthrough design for performance which delivers superior sensitivity and range at the lowest per die cost in the industry. All members of the tag family are manufactured using Alien's patented Fluidic Self Assembly (FSA) process, which delivers high inlay volumes at low unit costs. Alien tags are designed to deliver uniform global operation within the worldwide RFID frequency spectrum of 860 to 960 MHz. This enables the same tag to be used with the unique RFID frequencies of the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Alien tags allow companies to manufacture products on one continent and ship them virtually worldwide utilizing a single RFID tag type for uniform behavior and consistent performance globally.
Alien's portfolio of RFID readers and tags are supported through Alien Technology's global network of over 200 authorized distributors, Value Added Resellers (VAR), independent software vendors (ISV), converters and Alliance partners. Alien readers and tag products have earned designation as Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies under the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act of 2002 for airports baggage and cargo handling systems.
For more information about the new tag portfolio, including datasheets and pictures, please visit www.alientechnology.com/tags.
About Alien Technology
Founded in 1994, Alien Technology is a leading technology and product provider of UHF RFID Integrated Circuits (IC), tags, readers and professional services. Alien Gen 2 products, along with software solutions from partners, help solve business problems for customers to improve productivity, processes, security and asset tracking for closed-loop and supply chain systems. These solutions are currently implemented in industries such as consumer packaged goods, retail, manufacturing, transportation, airports and cargo logistics, government and defense, and more. Alien's patented Fluidic Self Assembly (FSATM) technology and related proprietary manufacturing processes are designed to enable the manufacture of high volume, low-cost RFID tags. Quatrotec, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Alien Technology, is a specialized professional services and technology firm that provides complete solutions to meet the sophisticated requirements of the transportation industry. Alien's facilities include corporate headquarters in Morgan Hill, CA; RFID tag manufacturing facility in Fargo, ND; the Alien RFID Solutions Center in Dayton, OH; Quatrotec's offices at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO); and sales offices in the US, Europe and Asia. Alien is a member of EPCglobal. For more information please visit www.alientechnology.com.