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“NXP’s Ucode 8 RAIN RFID IC offers best-in-class RF performance and enables exceptionally fast and accurate inventory of dense RFID tag populations - features that our customers have come to expect from the leading provider of contactless solutions,” said Markus Staeblein, Vice President and General Manager for Secure Mobility and Retail at NXP. “Our legacy of developing high performance RFID solutions combined with Smartrac’s expertise in designing high-quality inlays and tags, has created an advanced inlay solution that underscores our common goal of providing industrial customers with the absolute best in RAIN RFID solutions today.”
“It’s another major step forward that we can now incorporate one of the most advanced ICs in the market, Ucode 8, into three of our most successful RAIN RFID products and, with that, leverage its superior capabilities. With our new Belt, Dogbone and Miniweb inlays, we are further strengthening our long-term partnership with NXP, and also expanding our comprehensive RAIN RFID portfolio. In today’s connected world we can now offer greatly enhanced inlay design and performance to keep pace with the constantly evolving demand for increased data integrity and accuracy. This will benefit all of our customers in areas such as retail, logistics, industry and more,” said Hal Hikita, Senior Vice President, Product Management of Smartrac.
Smartrac Miniweb with NXP Ucode 8 is the smallest inlay currently available on the market (die-cut size of 45 x 18 mm (1.7 x 0.7 in)) that has passed ARC categories I and K requirements for ETSI retail performance, as defined by the RFID Research Center of the University of Auburn. Category I indicates the product is suitable for applications such as home goods and merchandising areas with a greater demand of RF performance than typical retail apparel applications. BELT complies with ARC categories A, B, C, D, F, G, I, K, M, N and Q and meets GS1 Tagged-Item Performance Protocol (TIPP) Tagged-Item Gradings M10B S15B, M15B S15B and M20D S15D for the retail supply chain, retailers and suppliers. Belt, with a die-cut size of 73 x 17 mm (2.9 x 0.7 in), will be offered in paper tag, dry or wet inlay format and is available as of now. Dogbone, with a die-cut size of 97 x 27 mm (3.8 x 1.1 in) will be available in high-volume quantities by Q4/2018, just like Miniweb.