OMRON Introduces HF Band (13.56MHz) Half-size Aluminum RFID Inlay, Approx. 50% Smaller than Current Product - Ideal for a variety of item-level applications including library and apparel management -

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 19, 2007

Tokyo, Japan - OMRON Corporation (TSE: 6645; ADR: OMRNY; 'OMRON'), a global leader in automation, sensing and control technology, today unveiled a new half-size HF (13.56MHz) aluminum RFID inlay that boasts a footprint approximately 50% smaller than its current card-sized product. Compliant with ISO/IEC 15693 standards, the new inlay is the second product in OMRON's V730 HF aluminum-based range and will be available for shipment from early August 2007.

Type Unit FY07 Sales Target Price
V730S-D13P02-R5K (*) 5,000 pcs/ roll 3 million pcs Open

* '-R5K' denotes the number of inlays (5,000) per roll.

At 46mm wide by 75mm tall, OMRON's existing card-sized HF aluminum inlay (V730S-D13P01) is slightly smaller than an average business or credit card. By contrast, the newly released inlay is approximately 50% smaller (46mm by 43mm), while achieving a read range of roughly 35cm, comparable with OMRON's copper-based inlay of the same size.

One of the most common applications for HF RFID inlays is in library management systems, where they are used in labels attached to books. While card-sized labels are commonly used for such applications in Europe and Japan, half-size labels are standard in the US and in some parts of Asia Pacific. This market is set to grow considerably as governments around the world encourage investment in IT infrastructure. In addition, the inlay's small size opens up avenues to a wide range of other applications, including tags for clothing, logistics and distribution management for pharmaceutical products, asset management and access control to restricted areas. OMRON's expanded line-up of HF inlays allows customers to choose the optimum size for their specific application.

The new inlay is an extension to OMRON's existing range of aluminum-coil antenna RFID inlays that now comprises two HF types (the V730 series) and three UHF band types (the V750 series). OMRON initially introduced aluminum-based inlays to complement its copper-based products in 2005, in response to the tightening of waste management regulations in markets around the world and customer concerns over the disposal of copper waste. Now, both aluminum and copper-based RFID inlays are available in card-size and half-size formats in mass-production volumes from OMRON.

Through cooperation with partner companies, OMRON can also provide converted products including labels, laminated inlays and plastic packed tags. The new half size inlays will also be available in the form of labels. In addition, OMRON is committed to responding flexibly to customer requests for aluminum-based inlays in formats and shapes other than card-size and half-size.

Main specifications of V730 series HF aluminum RFID inlays

Item (New Product) V730S-D13P02 Half-size (Shipping from August 2007) V730S-D13P01 Card-Size (Started shipping September 2006)
Dimensions (Width x Length) 46mm x 43mm 46mm x 75mm
Antenna coil pitch (*1) 48mm 82.55mm
Roll width (*1) 48mm
IC chip NXP Semiconductors I-Code SLI (ISO/IEC 15693 compliant)
Operating frequency HF band 13.56MHz
Memory 128 bytes EEPROM
Amount of memory 112 bytes (User area)
Operating temperature -10°C to +70°C ( with no icing, no condensation)
Storage temperature -30°C to +70°C ( with no icing, no condensation)
[Reference] Read range (*2) 35cm 46cm
Photograph V730S-D13P02 Half-size V730S-D13P01 Card-Size

*1:Antenna coil pitch and roll width

*2:Tested with OMRON long-range reader/writer (V720S-BC5D4A) and antenna (V720S-HS04) with the center of the inlay facing the center of the antenna and no metal objects in close proximity. Read range may vary for inlays in converted products.

For media related enquiries, please contact:
James Seddon (james_seddon@omron.co.jp)
Sarah Hall (sarah_hall@omron.co.jp)
at OMRON Corporate Communications Department
Telephone: +81 3 3436 7202

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