February 6, 2006
Impinj and Convergence Systems Limited announce OEM licensing agreement for RFID readers. Leading RFID Solutions Provider to License Key Technology to Hong Kong RFID Products Manufacturer.
Impinj, Inc., the fabless semiconductor company whose patented Self-Adaptive Silicon® technology enables its two business lines: semiconductor intellectual property and high performance radio frequency identification (RFID) products, and Convergence Systems, Ltd. (CSL) today announced an agreement under which CSL will license and manufacture Impinj’s Speedway™ RFID reader design.
A key element of the Impinj GrandPrix™ Solution, the Speedway™ reader design fully supports the EPCglobal RFID Gen 2 standard mandated by prominent adopters of RFID technology worldwide. Speedway also exhibits unprecedented levels of performance and was one of the first RFID readers to receive the EPCglobal Hardware Certification Mark, assuring that products have been rigorously tested against defined global RFID standards.
“Cooperation among partners in the RFID ecosystem is an essential element of successful worldwide deployment of Gen 2 RFID technology,” said Dimitri Desmons, vice president of RFID marketing at Impinj. “Having CSL as an OEM partner for our Speedway reader enables Impinj to continue to deliver high-performance RFID solutions to end-customers worldwide.”
“We have received many inquiries from OEMs and systems integrators in Asia, as well as globally, asking us to build Gen 2 readers, antennas, embedded RF modules and customer tags. We believe that by licensing Impinj’s Speedway™ reader design, we can quickly provide these potential customers with the best available Gen 2 reader technology. We are on schedule to ship Gen 2 readers and antennas to our first OEMs customers in the first quarter of this year,” said Jerry Garrett, Managing Director of Convergence Systems, Ltd.
About Impinj, Inc.
Impinj, Inc. is a semiconductor and RFID company whose patented Self-Adaptive Silicon® technology enables its two synergistic business lines: high-performance RFID products and semiconductor intellectual property (IP). A leading contributor to the RFID standards for high-volume supply-chain applications worldwide, Impinj leverages its technical expertise and industry partnerships to deliver the GrandPrix™ solution, comprising tags, readers, software and systems integration to offer RFID that just works™. Impinj’s innovative IP products, core to the company’s RFID tags, are licensed to leading semiconductor companies worldwide, allowing them to seamlessly integrate crucial nonvolatile memory (NVM) alongside analog and digital functionality on a single chip. Impinj’s IP products include the popular AEON® family of embeddable cores, which provides rewriteable NVM technology in logic CMOS manufacturing. For more information, www.impinj.com.
About Convergence Systems Limited
Founded in 2000, Convergence Systems Limited’s (CSL) is a leading engineering and manufacturer of RFID readers, antennas, RFID modules, and RFID tags. CSL’s readers have built-in middleware and edge server application software supporting iPx and EPC Gen 2 specifications. CSL was established to deliver a broad portfolio of RFID products to OEMs and system integrators in logistic management, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, access control, asset and security management, transportation, and retail industries around the world. CSL is a member of EPCglobal. www.convergence.com.hk
CSL is affiliated with Chung Nam Electronics (CNE) and is a member of the Chung Nam Group. The group was founded in 1935 and has over 7,000 employees with operations in China and Europe. CNE is a value-added-Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Company with OEM and ODM capabilities. CNE provides total outsourcing solutions to international clients through value engineering and interactive design. Specializing in RF &wireless technologies, CNE’s products include: RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags and readers, 802.11 a/b/g Network Interface Card, 802.11 a/b/g Wireless Media Network Adaptor, Smart Antenna Access Point, RF Point-Of-Sales System, and GPS/GSM tracking systems. The company has also produced cordless phones, Chinese characters pagers, and Satellite TV receivers. www.cne.com.hk