Checkpoint Systems – the world’s only vertically integrated RFID solution provider for retail - has announced the official launch of the first inlays with the new Impinj M700 tag chip family through its partnership with Impinj, a leading provider and pioneer of RAIN RFID solutions. Within an early access partner agreement, Checkpoint has been working closely with Impinj to design and validate inlays with the new ICs.
The new chips – Impinj M730 and Impinj M750 – have the highest receive sensitivity (-24 dBm) of any RAIN tag IC, stronger reply signaling and improved AutoTune adaptive RF tuning to optimize performance across a range of materials and operating frequencies.
With the new chips, Checkpoint will release six inlays which will have a longer read distance (up 11%) and a bigger coverage area (up 21%). For example, an inlay which had a 10 meter (32.8 feet) read range using the latest IC from the competition, would now have a read range of 11 meters (36 feet) using the Impinj M700.
One of the five inlays, Njord (44mm x 30mm), will become the smallest ARC certified inlay in categories F and I. Another tag, UNO, will combine RAIN RFID and RF EAS technologies to support both supply chain visibility and theft prevention.
The new inlays by Checkpoint have improved sustainability characteristics. With a 40% reduction in the Impinj chip size, the reduction in material usage for Checkpoint inlays will be 18%. Also, Checkpoint’s inlays are produced with 70% post-consumer waste PET.
John Dargan, President of Checkpoint Systems, commented: “At Checkpoint, we have made significant investments in our R&D facilities, testing laboratories and manufacturing facilities over the last three years. This allowed us to get involved in the development process of the new chips early on, provide input during the design phase and develop the Impinj M700 family-based inlays ahead of the market. We believe that the new chips and our inlays based on those will become a quantum leap for the retail industry because of their functionality, sensitivity and speed.”
Chris Diorio, CEO of Impinj: “The advancements in the new Impinj M730 and M750 tag chips reflect Impinj's mission to extend the Internet of Things to every thing that matters to businesses and people. We are thankful for Checkpoint's support during development and delighted to see them leverage the benefits the Impinj M700 family delivers as they bring-to-market advanced inlays that meet both ARC requirements and growing retailer demand.”
Checkpoint Systems, a division of CCL Industries, addresses two critical issues for its customers: Improving Profitability and Improving Consumer experience. With consumer demands accelerating at an extraordinary rate driven by technology, Checkpoint recognizes the challenges faced by its customers in the rapidly evolving retail market. We deliver intelligent solutions – bringing clarity and efficiency into the retail environment anytime, anywhere. Through a unique offering of software, hardware, labels, tags and connected cloud based solutions, Checkpoint optimizes operational efficiencies through analysis of real time data captured throughout the Supply Chain and in store then translating this to clear concise actions and tasks.
We provide end-to-end solutions enabling retailers to achieve accurate real-time inventory, accelerate the replenishment cycle, prevent out-of-stocks and reduce theft, thus improving merchandise availability and the shopper’s experience. Checkpoint’s solutions are built upon 48 years of radio frequency technology expertise, innovative high-theft and loss-prevention solutions, market-leading RFID hardware, RFID software, and comprehensive labeling capabilities, to brand, secure and track merchandise from source to shelf. Checkpoint’s customers benefit from increased sales and profits by implementing merchandise availability solutions, to ensure the right merchandise is available at the right place and time when consumers are ready to buy. Checkpoint operates in every major geographic market and employs 4,500 people worldwide.