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Posted on July 11, 2008 by  & 
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Impinj acquires Intel's UHF RFID reader chip operation

Leading UHF Gen 2 radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions provider Impinj, Inc. have announced the acquisition of Intel Corporation's RFID Operation, a business created by Intel's New Business Initiatives incubator and which developed the award-winning R1000 RFID reader chip. Financial terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed.
 
The acquisition of Intel assets further enhances Impinj's position in the RFID market by adding a proven, high-performance, highly integrated reader radio chip to the Impinj family of UHF Gen 2 RFID products. For developers of UHF RFID readers and reader-modules, the R1000 chip provides superior levels of design flexibility, integrating onto a single chip 90 percent of the components required for a reader radio. By delivering unprecedented performance, integration and cost effectiveness to a worldwide customer base, the R1000 chip enables all reader form factors (fixed, mobile, embedded, etc.) in applications across numerous vertical markets, including supply chain management, asset tracking, authentication and access control.
 
 
"This acquisition is a huge step for Impinj, accelerating our drive to deliver the highest performance, most cost effective RFID products available from any vendor anywhere," said William T. Colleran, Ph.D., president and CEO of Impinj. "Adding the R1000 reader chip to Impinj's market-leading portfolio of tag chips and fixed-reader products allows us to deliver exceptional price-performance and enable a new category of customers who are developing their own game-changing products based upon Impinj technology."
 
"The UHF RFID market is a strong opportunity, and we believe this business and its assets are an optimal fit for Impinj," said Rich Wykoff, general manager of Intel's New Business Initiatives (NBI) incubator. "Intel's NBI incubator program is practiced at establishing new businesses in emerging markets, and Impinj's acquisition of the RFID Operation demonstrates the incubator's ability to create valued businesses in new technology areas."
 
IDTechEx views this as a good acquisition by Impinj to further strengthen their portfolio of tags and readers and further consolidate the industry, emerging as one of the leaders in tag and reader supply. The R1000 reader chip is widely used in hand held readers - an area where Impinj did not have any product offerings.
 
About Impinj, Inc.
 
 
Impinj, Inc. is the world's leading technical innovator in developing UHF Gen 2 RFID solutions for both item-level and supply-chain tagging. Impinj draws on its technical expertise and industry partnerships to deliver a wide range of products and solutions comprising high-performance tag chips, readers, reader chips, software, antennas, and systems integration. Impinj products provide unprecedented performance, integration and cost effectiveness to a global customer base, in applications across numerous vertical markets, including inventory management, asset tracking, authentication and serialization. For more information, visit www.impinj.com External Link.
 
Impinj, Speedway, GrandPrix, and Monza are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Impinj, Inc.
 
About Intel
 
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.
 
IDTechEx comment
 
Reader chips generally involve microprocessors, so, although some will eventually be printed the save cost and enable readers to become labels and laminates, that day is probably ten years away.
 
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