SAN DIEGO--Texas Instruments Inc. and SCS Corp. today announced a partnership to develop radio-frequency identification technologies for ultra-high frequencies (UHF) that are capable of delivering higher levels of performance in passive-read RFID applications.
Under the agreement, TI and San Diego-based SCS will collaborate in the development of core UHF technologies, which will be used by each company to separately pursue RFID tag and scanner products for the marketplace. Each company will separately manufacturer and market these products with the initial products expected to be introduced later this year.
"The key to this relationship is the ability to leverage SCS's technology know-how with Texas Instruments' manufacturing and marketing strengths," said Jacob Jacobsson, president and CEO of eight-year-old SCS. "This new UHF band supports a longer reading passive RFID tag that will open new markets."
SCS has developed 2.45-GHz technology for RFID applications--called Dura-label--which the company says encompasses a superior anti-collision tag protocol and long passive tag read range. The Sam Diego company also says its technology results in low RFID tag prices. Meanwhile, Dallas-based TI claims it has produced 70 million RFID transponders since entering into the radio-frequency ID market in 1991.
TI's semiconductor, packaging and computer system technologies supports low-range (134.2 kHz) and mid-range (13.56 MHz) frequency RFID products. SCS's products have been in the 2.45-GHz frequency range. TI and SGS said they believe joint-development of core technologies for UHF (868/915 MHz) will enhance the product lines of both companies.
SCS and TI said they will promote efforts to create common standards for UHF radio-frequency ID systems in North America and Europe.