Impinj Advances the IoT with New RAIN RFID Endpoint IC Technologies

Chris Diorio, Impinj Founder & CEO

March 27, 2019

Today Impinj announced new endpoint IC technologies that culminate a decade of innovation and development. These new technologies build on Impinj’s market-leading Monza product line, leverage Moore’s Law to drive a significant process-node shrink, introduce further cutting-edge semiconductor innovations, and invent new RAIN RFID functionalities. These technology advancements represent Impinj’s most significant IC innovations since we introduced our Monza 1 chip in 2005.

Moore’s Law and the RAIN RFID IC

We leveraged Moore’s Law to improve performance and increase functionality while simultaneously reducing IC size. We will manufacture our new endpoint ICs, the Impinj M700 series, on 300 mm wafers that contain more than twice as many ICs per wafer as any other RAIN RFID manufacturer’s 300 mm wafers, and more than four times as many as any using 200 mm wafers. Moore’s Law migration also enables our Impinj M700 series and our future endpoint ICs to:

  • increase the distance, reliability, and speed at which a RAIN RFID system can inventory, locate and engage tagged items
  • cost-effectively incorporate digital functionalities that enhance or enable key RAIN RFID use cases like item authentication, loss prevention, frictionless point-of-sale and shipment verification
  • allow Impinj’s inlay partners to innovate smaller, high-performing, truly global RAIN RFID tags

Delivering the future of RAIN RFID

Today, the Impinj platform delivers the identity, location and authenticity of billions of physical items. In the future it will enable cloud-based digital twins, each storing an item’s ownership, history, and links, and enable ubiquitous access to those digital twins. With today’s endpoint IC technology announcement, Impinj both significantly advances the RAIN RFID market and shows the path to delivering our vision of connecting trillions of everyday items per year to the cloud.

History of excellence

I am so proud of what the Impinj team has accomplished with the new Impinj M700 series. Impinj is known worldwide for pioneering the RAIN RFID industry, for its technology and market leadership, and for its platform spanning endpoint ICs, connectivity, and software. We introduced our first endpoint IC, Monza 1, in 2005, more than a year before any competing offering. And in subsequent years we introduced additional elements to the Impinj platform, such that today businesses around the world are deploying our platform.

The IoT platform we created and the ubiquitous item connectivity we envision form the bedrock of an epic opportunity — to expand the Internet's reach to trillions of everyday items and deliver data and services for those connected items, profoundly enhancing business efficiencies and improving peoples' lives. With today's technology announcement, we have set a new bar.

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Impinj (NASDAQ: PI) wirelessly connects billions of everyday items such as apparel, medical supplies, and automobile parts to consumer and business applications such as inventory management, patient safety, and asset tracking. The Impinj platform uses RAIN RFID to deliver timely information about these items to the digital world, thereby enabling the Internet of Things.

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