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OMRON to Release RoHS-compliant V720 Series (13.56MHz) RFID Products.

Kyoto, Japan, June 15, 2006 - (JCN Newswire) - OMRON Corporation (TSE: 6645, US: OMRNY), a global leader in automation, sensing and control technologies, announced today that beginning June 26, 2006 it will release several RFID system components that conform to the RoHS directive(*1), the European regulations on hazardous chemical substances.

The products to be released will contain RoHS-compliant parts to replace those used for the previously available ISO15693-compliant V720 Series (13.56MHz) RFID system components, including a reader/writer, antenna and cable. The new products will also come in newly designed housings. Because the high-level interfaces for these products are compatible with conventional products, users can easily replace the previously used devices with RoHS-compatible models.

In September 2005, OMRON released RoHS-compatible UHF-band RFID equipment. By adding HF-band (13.56MHz) RFID system equipment to its RoHS-compatible RFID lineup, the RFID Department of OMRON's Business Development Group will achieve full compliance with the RoHS directive on all of its RFID-related products.

RoHS-compliant products to be released are as follows:
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Product Former Model New Model Market
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 JPN US EUR
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13.56MHz Long-Range RFID System

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Long-Range Reader/Writer V720S-BC5D4 V720S-BC5D4A X X

Long-Range Reader/Writer -- V720S-BC5D4A-US X
 (US version)

Long-Range Antenna V720-HS03 V720-HS04 X X X

Gate Antenna -- V720-HS72 X X X

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13.56MHz Mid-Range RFID System

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Mid-Range Reader/Writer V720S-CD1D/2D V720S-BC5D1 X X X

Mid-Range Reader/Writer -- V720S-BC5C1 X
 (supports AC adaptor)

Mid-Range Antenna V720S-H01 V720-HS01 X X X

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13.56MHz Short-Range RFID System

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CF Type Read/Write Unit V720S-HMF01 V720S-HMF01 X

USB Type Read/Write Unit -- V720S-HMU01 X

PCB Type Read/Write Module V720S-HMC73 V720S-HMC73 X X X

 V720S-HMC73T V720S-HMC73T X X X
 (Separate (Separate
 Antenna Type) Antenna Type)

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The products to be released will contain RoHS-compliant parts to replace those used for the previously available ISO15693-compliant V720 Series (13.56MHz) RFID system components, including a reader/writer, antenna and cable. The new products will also come in newly designed housings. Because the high-level interfaces for these products are compatible with conventional products, users can easily replace the previously used devices with RoHS-compatible models.

In September 2005, OMRON released RoHS-compatible UHF-band RFID equipment. By adding HF-band (13.56MHz) RFID system equipment to its RoHS-compatible RFID lineup, the RFID Department of OMRON's Business Development Group will achieve full compliance with the RoHS directive on all of its RFID-related products.

In the distribution and retail industries of Europe, there is a growing trend toward HF-band (13.56MHz) RFID tagging on individual items. EPCglobal Inc. is now considering the development of standards for HF RFID implementation that are similar to those of UHF-band systems. These situations make it easy to anticipate a growth in demand for globally applicable RFID tags/equipment when building an open system such as a supply chain management system for the distribution/retail industries. Accordingly, the fact that OMRON is fully equipped to market RoHS-compliant RFID products will give the company a significant competitive edge in the future.

OMRON is working hard to expand RFID sales by drawing on its excellent track record of RFID system deployment as an RFID equipment vendor, as well as relying on its accumulated expertise and advanced product technology. By fully utilizing its RFID inlay and reader/writer commercialization and production technologies, OMRON is striving to offer products that match market needs on a timely basis.

*1 Response to the RoHS Directive

To comply with the RoHS directive (EU Directive on the Restriction of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment), OMRON has been concentrating its efforts on producing and marketing products free from hazardous chemical substances. In Europe, the RoHS directive bans the use of six substances from products to be sold beginning July 1, 2006. These substances are: lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg), hexavalent chromium (Cr6+), polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). To warrant that these substances are not contained in products, it is necessary to survey the presence of chemical substances and their contents in all parts and materials to be used. Besides these six substances, there are other types of hazardous substances as well.

The European RoHS directive bans the use of hazardous chemical substances or makes it mandatory to eliminate them. As such, this directive requires companies to supply products that are not just environmentally sound but environmentally warranted as well. For the RFID products to be marketed, OMRON has specified 73 substances to be banned or eliminated; five substances for which the use of alternative substances is to be promoted; and 134 substances to be self-controlled.

About OMRON RFID

Omron's RFID Division has been in the RFID business for over 20 years and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with US operations in Schaumburg, Illinois. As an EPCglobal member, OMRON offers a wide range of RFID products including inlays and readers for HF (13.56 MHz), UHF (915 MHz) and other frequencies. Also offered are one-day EPC compliance kits fully scalable from one device to an enterprise-wide deployment. The kits include cables and RFID tags, require a minimal investment to arrange for initial testing and are fully upgradeable to Gen 2, the latest RFID standard from EPCglobal, the organization managing UPC numbers and other EPC standards. For more information, write to info@omronrfid.com or visit the Web site at www.omronrfid.com

About OMRON

Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, OMRON Corporation is a global leader in the field of automation. Established in 1933 and headed by President and CEO Hisao Sakuta, OMRON has more than 26,000 employees in over 35 countries working to provide products and services to customers in a variety of fields including industrial automation, electronic components, social systems (ticket gate machines, ticket vending machines, and traffic control), and healthcare. The company is divided into five regions and head offices are in Japan (Kyoto), Asia Pacific (Singapore), China (Shanghai), Europe (Amsterdam) and US (Chicago). For more information, visit OMRON's website at www.omron.com

Source: OMRON

Contact:
In Europe:
OMRON RFID Division
Wegalaan 57
2132 JD Hoofddorp
The Netherlands
Phone: +31-235681200
Fax: +31-235681222

In China:
OMRON RFID Division
Rm.302,AZIA center,
1233 Lujiazui Ring Road
Pudong New Area,Shanghai
200120,PRC.
Phone: +86-21-5888-1666
Fax: +86-21-5888-7633/7933

In Japan:
OMRON Corporation
Corporate Brand Communications Department
James Seddon
Email: james_seddon@omron.co.jp
Phone: +81-3-3436-7202
Fax: +81-3-3436-7029


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