Sirit Introduces Worldwide Gen 2 RFID Reader

High-performance UHF unit complies with global standards and all major country regulations, solution provider says

High-performance UHF unit complies with global standards and all major country regulations, solution provider says

Las Vegas — May 3, 2006 — Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology company Sirit has launched its next-generation UHF RFID reader for use in a variety of applications including global supply chain deployments.

The first production units of the new INfinity 510, developed as a Gen 2-compliant multi-protocol reader, are scheduled to begin shipping in June. The INfinity 510 has an architecture designed to maximize tag read rates and range, simplify device management and support dense reader environments, Sirit said. The unit can also host complex memory-intensive middleware and custom applications.

The new unit reflects the first product release resulting from Sirit's purchase of SAMSys Technologies, according to Norbert Dawalibi, president and CEO of Sirit Inc.

Built around radio and modem subsystems engineered to handle high levels of interference, environmental noise and RFID activity, the INfinity 510 offers support for Gen 2 Dense Interrogator Mode (DIM) in both FCC and ETSI regulatory environments. This can aid tag read/write processes in large-scale deployments. At the same time, features such as singulation algorithms and interference rejection go beyond DIM standards to optimize read rates and air interface performance in a range of user scenarios.

The new reader also offers a resident virtual machine for Java applications, an Intel XScale 520 MHz control processor — the fastest processor in an RFID reader today — and the market's largest application memory, enabling middleware and/or custom applications to be offloaded from the enterprise network to the reader itself for faster response times and better utilization of network bandwidth, according to Sirit.

The platform supports operations such as tag filtering, reader synchronization, triggering of conveyor gate openings, or lamp activation cues for forklift operators. With upgrades, the unit can house up to 80MB of application DRAM and 80MB of application flash reserved exclusively for these embedded applications and has been designed to accommodate memory footprints of up to 208MB.

Sirit said that an array of features built into the INfinity 510 simplifies configuration and maintenance for both small- and large-scale deployments. Installation wizards and the ability to synchronize configurations by reader profile help speed deployment. Real-time device monitoring, including diagnostic and statistical reporting tools with user-configurable alarms, makes it possible to proactively track reader health. In addition, remote firmware upgrade functionality enables administrators to apply a single firmware release package to a group of readers without the need to upgrade each device manually, according to the solution provider.

The INfinity 510 ships with support for North American frequencies, while the INfinity 510w world model supports North American, European and other worldwide regulatory environments. Each version has standard 16MB application DRAM and 16MB application flash memory and is available with optional upgrades including an additional 64MB application DRAM and 64MB application flash memory.

Additional Articles of Interest

— RFID technology has the potential to change the way supply chains are managed, but in order to be effective businesses need to take a holistic look at the deployment. Read more in the article "Time for RFID: Applying RFID in the Supply Chain."

— For a contrary view of the future of the RFID market, see the article "The O'RFID Factor: A 'No Spin' Look at Where Radio Frequency Identification Is Headed," in the October/November 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.