TegoChip to Power Marubeni RFID Tags

By Tish Drake | November 10, 2010
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Tego, of Waltham, Mass., has partnered with Marubeni Chemix to create aviation-grade radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, combining Marubeni Chemix chips with TegoChip technology for aerospace and industrial applications.

Tokyo-based Marubeni Chemix is a provider of UHF RFID tags for large industries. The tag is ideal for use in oil/gas, rail/aviation, automotive, chemical, medical, utilities and other applications. TAGAT tags, part of a full product line based on TegoChip technology, are available now with the 4 Kilobyte (32 kbit) TegoChip XL inside, which Marubeni has purchased in wafer-scale quantities
to meet global demand.

“The Asian market has been demanding tags like this for quite a while, and we see many opportunities for these products,” said Yoshihiko Tsujimoto, RFID tag development leader at Marubeni Chemix. “The combination of Marubeni’s advanced tag technology and Tego’s chip technology opens the door to new solutions worldwide that help companies cut costs and improve operational effectiveness.”

“The TAGAT line offers some of the most rugged and lightest tags we have seen — an important consideration when planning to use several thousand tags on each aircraft,” said Timothy Butler, president and CEO of Tego. “Our work with Marubeni Chemix is complementary to efforts begun earlier this year to satisfy demand for RFID tags on aircraft.”

Tego announced in January 2010, its part in a multi-year program to tag parts across the Airbus A350 XWB fleet. The ruggedized TAGAT tags are tested to SAE AS5678 standards for flyable parts, are
compatible with ATA Spec 2000 for RFID tagging, and are interoperable with all standard UHF Gen2 readers.

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