Philips and TI to test RFID chips
Essentially, the companies want to ensure their technical interpretation of the Generation 2 RFID standard jibes. They said in doing so, it would build businesses confidence that different RFID tags would work together under Gen 2 and, in turn, spur its usage. "It's something that we believe is needed at this moment in time in this industry," said Tony Sabetti, director of TI retail supply chain products. Gen 2 is important because the International Standards Organization is currently reviewing it as the global standard for RFID technology. Gen 2 has a number of advantages over first-generation EPC Class 0 and Class 1 standards, including a disabling feature, security password and superior performance that allows more RFID tags to be read per second. Sabetti said Dallas, Texas-based TI may test its RFID chips with other companies. "We've made it very clear to the industry that we're open to working with people," he said. TI and Netherlands-based Philips will begin testing their products later this month and expect the trail to wrap up in October. Gen 2 applies to the ultra-high frequency band centered on 900 MHz and was ratified by RFID industry group EPCglobal last December, with the help of TI, Philips and scores of other RFID companies. This is not the first time TI and Philips have jointly tested their chips. They initially got together in 1996 to test pre-EPCglobal RFID tags.