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Tag-it(TM) RFID Technology Provides Intelligent Tracking of Chemcassette(R)

Colorimetric Tapes from Zellweger Analytics

DALLAS, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ --

Texas Instruments Radio Frequency Identification Systems (TI-RFID) today announced that Zellweger Analytics, a leading manufacturer of toxic and flammable gas and fire detection systems, is using TI Tag-it(TM) smart label inlays for intelligent tracking of Chemcassette(R) colorimetric tapes used on its Vertex(TM) gas monitoring systems in semiconductor manufacturing facilities.

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TI's RFID smart label is embedded on the tape's label, and is used to authenticate the tape with the Vertex system to ensure the correct tape type is used to monitor a targeted toxic gas. The chemically treated tape changes color when exposed to a target gas, and the rate of change is tracked and calculated to determine the exact levels of gas present. Using RFID technology, the tape's label is read by the Vertex system to ensure that the proper type of tape is used to monitor specific toxic gases.

In addition, the Vertex system records how long each Chemcassette tape has been in use, and indicates when it will need to be replaced, ensuring that the tape will not run out or expire. The read/write ability of TI-RFID Tag-it inlays enables the system to gather accurate and reliable archival information, such as the serial number and expiration of each tape. As a result, when a tape reaches capacity, the customer is automatically advised to change it.

"The technology has been widely deployed over the past decade, but recent advances in form, size and read/write memory are moving RFID into a host of new embedded systems, like the Zellweger application, where system components and even 'consumable' materials can communicate and interact with host machines," said Dave Slinger, vice president, Texas Instruments.

"The ability to capture and store information about our tape usage with the Vertex system provides a better opportunity to provide accurate information about tape characteristics to customers using the system to ensure safety in manufacturing facilities," said Tim Wright, project group leader, Zellweger Analytics.

For more information on TI-RFID products call 1-888-937-6536 or +1 972- 575-7518 (outside the US), email rfidsupport@ti.com, or visit the TI-RFID Web site at www.ti-rfid.com.

Texas Instruments Incorporated is the world leader in digital signal processing and analog technologies, the semiconductor engines of the Internet age. The company's businesses also include sensors and controls, and educational and productivity solutions. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and has manufacturing or sales operations in more than 25 countries.

Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol (NYSE: TXN). More information is located on the World Wide Web at www.ti.com.

Texas Instruments Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Systems is a leading developer and manufacturer of field-proven RFID solutions used in a broad range of applications worldwide. TI became the first multi-national semiconductor company to market RFID Systems with the introduction of TIRIS (Texas Instruments Registration and Identification System) in 1991. For more information call 1-888-937-6536 or +1 972-575-7518 (outside the US), or visit the TI-RFID Web site at www.ti-rfid.com.

Zellweger Analytics is the world's leading manufacturer of toxic and flammable gas and fire detection systems. The company brings together nearly 100 years of continuous experience in gas detection and analysis instrumentation. This enables the company to stay ahead of the ever increasing requirements of a range of applications in industries where potentially hazardous chemicals and gases exist. For more information, visit the Zellweger Analystics Web site at www.zelana.com.

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