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MEMS Gives Asset Tracking Added Muscle

May 5, 2006

Intermec develops MEMS-based Intellibeam EL10 laser scan engine, which provides faster scans, better recognition and processing of poor quality or damaged bar codes, and solid reliability.


EVERETT, Wash., - A dedication to developing and strengthening supply chain technologies and a special understanding of customer requirements are two of the reasons Intermec Inc. has been awarded the 2006 Frost & Sullivan Supply Chain Management Enabling Technology of the Year Award. Intermec received special recognition for development of its Intellibeam EL10 barcode scan engine, the only ADC scan engine to use MEMS-based technology.

MEMS, or micro-electromechanical systems, technology is used in mission-critical applications, such as vehicle airbag and braking systems. The MEMS-based Intellibeam EL10 laser scan engine provides snappier scanning, faster scans, better recognition and processing of poor quality or damaged bar codes, and solid reliability, compared with earlier laser-scanning technologies. Because MEMS-based laser scanners can read bar codes up to 40 times as fast as today's legacy equipment, workers can capture information more rapidly and efficiently, speeding the flow of information through a supply chain and improving supply chain visibility.

"Intermec's bold use of MEMS technology in its products gives it a distinct advantage over its competition in the supply chain industry," said Frost & Sullivan Research Manager Sath Rao. "This company clearly has an unmatched grasp of customers' needs. It doesn't just look for trends. It successfully anticipates and acts on them."

The Intellibeam EL10 is designed with separate laser emission and collection optics for increased sensitivity and responsiveness, as well as easier scanning of low contrast bar codes. The miniaturization and solid-state properties of the EL10's MEMS technology leads to greater durability and lower equipment failure rates as well.

About Intermec
Intermec Inc. develops, manufactures, and integrates technologies that identify, track, and manage supply chain assets. Core technologies include RFID, mobile computing, and data collection systems, bar code printers, and label media. Customers in many industries use the company's products and services worldwide to improve the productivity, quality, and responsiveness of business operations. For more information about Intermec, visit the company's Web site or call 800-347-2636. Contact Intermec Investor Relations Director Kevin McCarty at kevin.mccarty@intermec.com, 425-265-2472.

About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, has been partnering with clients to support the development of innovative strategies for more than 40 years. The company's industry expertise integrates growth consulting, growth partnership services, and corporate management training to identify and develop opportunities. Frost & Sullivan serves an extensive clientele that includes Global 1000 companies, emerging companies, and the investment community by providing comprehensive industry coverage that reflects a unique global perspective and combines ongoing analysis of markets, technologies, econometrics, and demographics. For more information visit www.awards.frost.com or www.healthcare.frost.com.
 


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