Philips Unveils RFID Chip Compliant to EPCglobal UHF Standards

4/26/2004 - Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) announced the availability of the industry's first RFID chip compliant to worldwide regulations supporting the EPCglobal standardization activity for UHF. With recent RFID mandates, such as those from Wal-Mart, Metro, Tesco, Target, and the Department of Defense that require logistics and supply chain systems to have RFID technology implementation by 2005, manufacturers are currently looking for ways to quickly and effectively employ RFID technology in their supply chain. The new Philips UCODE EPC 1.19 chip for pallet and case identification supports the 96-bit EPCglobal coding standardization and is ideally suited to assist vendors and suppliers in the move towards EPCglobal Class G2 compliance in the shortest possible timeframe.

Philips' latest UHF IC solution is further proof of its commitment to provide cost-effective, competitive solutions with easily upgradeable technology that will enhance Philips partners' ability to respond quickly to market demands. The hardware supporting the UCODE EPC 1.19 will also be able to support the G2 specification based on an easily implemented firmware upgrade. Users of the chip in the retail and supply chain environment can make full use of the 256 bits of read/write memory to store additional information onto the chip if required. With this level of functionality on a single chip, EPC infrastructure can be implemented in applications such as logistics and supply chain systems worldwide.

"Philips is committed to developing global RFID standards to bring new and cost-effective RFID solutions for supply chain management applications to the market together with our broad network of partners," said Jan-Willem Reynaerts, general manager for Transport and Logistics at Philips Semiconductors. "As a global company we understand the need for technology to be effective worldwide and we are committed to work with EPCglobal to ensure that all of our products are in line with its standards."

"In IBM's extensive work helping global companies harness RFID we see the need for - and support - standards," said Faye Holland, worldwide RFID solutions leader, IBM Global Services. "Philips' new chip is a major step forward in global acceleration of RFID."

Already in use in applications today, the Philips UCODE EPC 1.19 operates under both U.S. regulations with ranges of 5.7 meters (write), 8.2 meters (read); as well as in Europe with ranges of 5.2 meters (write) and 7.4 meters (read). The chip has an anti-collision speed of 150 tags per second.

System availability
The UCODE EPC 1.19 chip is available now. Currently, tags based on this IC are available through UPM Rafsec (contact Petteri Stromberg at and readers are available from SAMsys (contact Tres Wiley at

About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of EUR 29 billion in 2003. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, medical diagnostic imaging and patients monitoring, and one-chip TV products. Its 164,500 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, semiconductors, and medical systems. Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol: PHG), Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. News from Philips is located at

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