New Reader Engine from Alien Technology Selected for Zebra Technologies' UHF Class 1 EPC RFID Printer/Encoder.Business Editors
MORGAN HILL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 9, 2004
Alien Technology Alien Technology is a manufacturer of RFID technology. The company is headquartered in Morgan Hill, California, with an RFID tag manufacturing facility in Fargo, North Dakota, the Alien RFID Solutions Center, in the Dayton, Ohio area, and sales offices in the US, Europe and Asia. (R) Corp. announces today that Zebra Technologies Zebra Technologies (NASDAQ: ZBRA) is a manufacturer of thermal bar code label and receipt printers, RFID smart label printer/encoders, and card printers, based in Vernon Hills, Illinois. Zebra has products in 100 countries around the world. has selected the ALR ALR Administrative License Revocation
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(2) (Electronic Product Code) A standard code for RFID tags administered by EPCglobal Inc. (www.epcglobalinc.org). UHF (Ultra High Frequency) The range of electromagnetic frequencies from 300 MHz to 3 GHz. In the U.S., analog television has used UHF channels 52 to 69 in the 700 MHz band. Class 1 RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) A data collection technology that uses electronic tags for storing data. The tag, also known as an "electronic label," "transponder" or "code plate," is made up of an RFID chip attached to an antenna. printer/encoder. Alien's module is a compact, feature-rich RFID reader A transmitter/receiver that reads the contents of RFID tags in the vicinity. Also called an "RFID interrogator." The maximum distance between the reader's antenna and the tag vary, depending on application. designed for EPC labeling applications such as those performed by Zebra's R4Mplus.
The ALR 9930-A has a very small form factor (roughly the size of a PCMCIA card See PC Card. ) so that it can be incorporated into numerous products including RFID-enabled printers, handhelds, shelf readers and more.
"We chose the Alien Technology(R) ALR 9930-A for its ease-of-integration into our product," said Bob Cornick, vice president of RFID for Zebra Technologies. "Because of our close working relationship with Alien, we were able to quickly develop an RFID enabled version of our R4Mplus. This product will be instrumental for manufacturers and suppliers responding to the U.S. Department of Defense and Wal-Mart RFID labeling requirements."
The ALR 9930-A's software controllable output power and communications provide the flexibility to meet a range of end-user applications. Software integration is streamlined by available binary and C-language APIs. Zebra drives the module using its popular ZPL-II printer control language, already embedded in the R4Mplus. A complete software developer's kit See SDK. with sample code is available from Alien. The 9930-A is field-upgradeable to ensure convenient maintenance and low cost of ownership.
"The ALR-9930-A fulfills a key unmet need in the RFID reader market, providing important partners such as Zebra, many of the easy to use features of Alien's(R) larger readers in a compact package they can integrate into existing hardware platforms. This product represents a key addition to Alien's reader line, complementing our full-size, multi-antenna industrial models that offer highest performance for applications requiring maximum range and speed," said Tom Pounds, Vice President of Corporate Development and Product Strategy for Alien Technology.
Zebra was the first company to introduce an EPC compatible printer/encoder when it demonstrated the R4Mplus Class 1 in September 2003 at the EPC Symposium in Chicago. Since then, the R4Mplus has been involved in numerous customer pilots, field tests, and demonstration projects that support newly mandated supply chain compliance labeling initiatives.
The ALR 9930-A is available in production quantities in the United States now.
About Zebra Technologies
Zebra Technologies Corp. (Nasdaq:ZBRA) delivers innovative and reliable on-demand printing solutions for business improvement and security applications in 90 countries around the world. More than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies use Zebra-brand printers. A broad range of applications benefit from Zebra-brand thermal bar code, "smart" label, receipt, and card printers, resulting in enhanced security, increased productivity, improved quality, lower costs, and better customer service. The company has sold more than three million printers, including RFID printer/encoders and wireless mobile solutions, and also offers software, connectivity solutions, and printing supplies. Information about Zebra bar code products can be found at www.zebra.com. Information about Zebra's RFID products can be found at www.rfid.zebra.com
About Alien Technology Corporation
Alien Technology Corporation is a leading provider of reliable, high-volume, low cost, EPC compliant Radio Frequency Identification See RFID. (RFID) products. Alien's RFID readers provide a wide range of options: from industrial readers for supply chain to compact reader engines suited for handhelds and printers. Using Fluidic flu·id·ic
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FSA Financial Services Agency (Japan) (R)), a patented manufacturing process, Alien Technology Corporation manufactures electronic product code (EPC) packaged semiconductors, inlays and tags used in a variety of applications including supply chain management, logistics operations and anti-counterfeiting to improve inventory management and reduce operating costs. Alien Technology is an active member of EPC Global. More information about Alien Technology can be found on the Company's website at www.alientechnology.com.
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