Intelleflex and Omni-ID Announce Joint Effort

April 15, 2010

The companies will focus their efforts on developing high-memory, passive UHF RFID tags.

SANTA CLARA, CA /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Intelleflex, a leader in extended capability RFID, announced a partnership with Omni-ID to develop high-memory, EPC Class1 Gen 2 standards-based tags, using Intelleflex's XC1 chip technology. Omni-ID, a leading supplier of high-performance passive UHF RFID tags, will extend their product line to include tags with the XC1 chip, in response to customer requirements in the aerospace and defense markets. The first Omni-ID tag based on the Intelleflex XC1 chip is expected to be available in the third quarter of this year.

"The aerospace and defense industry has anxiously awaited standards-based, compliant RFID tags with extended user memory," said Ken Porad, Associate Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company. "It will be very exciting to finally have them readily available."

Omni-ID offers a wide variety of high-performance RFID tags that deliver near-perfect read rates on, off, and near metals and liquids. Using a fundamentally different approach to RFID design, Omni-ID created a patented technology structure that allows for continued innovation and product development. Developing a high-memory tag, based on the Intelleflex XC1 chip, leverages the technology structure and is a natural extension of Omni-ID's existing tag portfolio, targeting the industrial, manufacturing, and defense markets.

"Intelleflex is a leader in extended-capability RFID, and our partnership with them around their high-memory chip fits well with our mission to bring RFID innovation to a variety of markets," said Stan Drobac, Vice President of Products. "We're looking forward to working with Intelleflex as we jointly focus on the industry's first EPC-certified high-memory passive RFID tag."

"We are excited to partner with Omni-ID, a leading supplier of passive UHF RFID tags, to develop and bring to market the industry's first EPC-certified high-memory tag product," said Peter Mehring, President and CEO of Intelleflex. "Partnering with Omni-ID furthers the availability of extended capability RFID technology."

The Intelleflex XC1 chip is the "only EPCglobal Certified UHF Gen 2 chip, offering 60 Kb of extended memory." The XC1 chip offers industry-leading capabilities, including:

  • On-chip memory is organized into 60 1Kb blocks, each block having its own read, write, and permalock password.
  • Over-the-air data transfer between the tag and reader can be encrypted, using EPC standards-based custom commands for enhanced security.
  • Three levels of user access security are available for accessing the data in extended memory, and each user access level has its own password.
  • Authentication of the tag provides the ability to confirm the tag is the original tag, not a cloned version.

The Intelleflex XC1 chip is currently available to ship in volume. In addition to the XC1 chip technology, Intelleflex also offers extended capability Class 3 (XC3), battery-assisted passive technology, which adds to the XC1 capabilities by extending the read/write range to 100 meters and adding support for sensors.

Intelleflex and Omni-ID will both be exhibiting at the upcoming RFID Journal Live Show in Orlando, FL, April 14–16th, at Booths 660 and 434, respectively.

About Intelleflex
Intelleflex is a leader in extended capability RFID solutions, products, and technologies. Intelleflex's passive XC1 and battery-assisted passive XC3 technologies enable solutions for asset tracking, cold chain management, vehicle/yard management, manufacturing work-in-process control, supply chain automation, parts maintenance, access control, and other applications.

About Omni-ID
Omni-ID is a leading supplier of passive, low-profile UHF RFID solutions. Through its patent-pending technology, Omni-ID "cracked the code" to overcome the problems traditionally associated with RFID, enabling a broad range of new applications that improve accuracy and efficiency in asset tracking, supply chain management, and work-in-process. The company's family of versatile RFID tags work reliably in the harshest environments including on, off, and near metal and liquids and excels in solving tracking and identification challenges with unprecedented accuracy. With major offices in Foster City, CA, and in the UK, Omni-ID's mission is to drive the widespread adoption of RFID technology as the optimal tracking and identification solution.

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