LONDON Two European suppliers, NXP Semiconductors and EM Microelectronic, are in the top three of market research group ABI's ranking of global vendors of RFID transponder ICs.
NXP leads the way, with Texas Instruments in second spot.
ABI's vendor matrix evaluates RFID transponder IC manufacturers from frequency-agnostic vendors to single-frequency offering providers.
According to research director Michael Liard: "This vendor matrix is the first of a series looking at core RFID product categories to offer an apples-to-apples comparison of direct competitors along the value chain for RFID solutions."
Vendors are assessed on the basis of innovation and implementation criteria. The former encompasses product innovation, development, and feature sets; manufacturing innovation; experience/leadership/knowledge transfer; application strategy and standards-based product innovation; and breadth of product offerings.
Under "implementation," ABI Research scrutinized annual volume in addressed/targeted markets with specific frequencies (LF; HF; and UHF/microwave); share of overall annual market volume (all frequencies); overall market leadership; vendor global sales/support capabilities and distribution channels; and the breadth of vertical and application markets served.