Alien Technology Powers RFID Development Kits for Embedded Planet

4/5/2004 - Embedded Planet, supplier of production-ready single board computers and software for the embedded systems OEM market, announced three new EPC Class 1 compliant RFID reader development kits based on Alien Technology’s industry-leading ALR-9932-A reader/programmer OEM module. The development kits can be used in industrial, logistical, retail, military, aerospace and many other applications. These development kits will help RFID system integrators and hardware manufacturers to quickly and effectively integrate read/write RFID capability into their products and solutions.

The development kits are:

  1. EP RFID Reader Development Kit: Based on the Alien ALR-9932-A reader engine, this will provide OEMs with 32-bit processor solutions for PowerPC, ARM and MIPS using the OEM reader engine.
  2. EP RFID Reader/Concentrator Development Kit: The RFID Reader/Concentrator development system includes a PowerPC single board computer and up to 10 ALR-9932-A RFID readers.
  3. EP RFID Reader/802.11 Development Kit: This kit includes the ALR-9932-A engine and a Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g) system with a PowerPC processor. This module allows OEMs to quickly develop an RFID reader with wireless backhaul capability.

Matt Hoover, Embedded Planet’s VP of Sales and Marketing, said “We are very excited about bringing our embedded systems knowledge to the RFID market. Our development kits can help OEMs integrate RFID technology into their information and logistical systems. The combination of our single board computers, Linux or other real time operating system software and the ALR-9932-A creates a complete ready to use RFID development system.”

“This is a great application of our ALR-9932-A engine,” commented Tom Pounds, Alien’s VP of Corporate Development and Product Strategy. “We developed the engine to enable partners to develop important new products incorporating a low-cost EPC Class 1 reader very quickly, and Embedded Planet is doing just that.”

The RFID Development Kits are scheduled for release in Q2 2004. For more information on the RFID Development Kits contact Embedded Planet at (440) 646-0077.

About Alien Technology Corporation
Alien Technology Corporation is a leading provider of reliable, high-volume, low cost, EPC compliant Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) products. Using Fluidic Self Assembly (FSA), a patented manufacturing process, Alien manufactures electronic product code (EPC) class 1 tags and readers used in a variety of applications including supply chain management, logistics operations and anti-counterfeiting to improve inventory management and reduce operating costs. Alien Technology Corporation is an active member of EPC Global. More information about Alien Technology Corporation can be found on the Company's website at Alien, Alien Technology and FSA are trademarks or registered trademarks of Alien Technology Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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