Savi Technology releases system-on-a-chip for active radio frequency identification hardware development

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., 3 July 2010. Savi Technology, a Lockheed Martin company [NYSE: LMT], unveiled a new radio frequency system-on-a-chip (SOC) about the size of a dime that streamlines design and development processes of DASH7 RFID-based tracking devices.

Jul 3rd, 2010

Posted by John McHale

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., 3 July 2010. Savi Technology, a Lockheed Martin company [NYSE: LMT], unveiled a new radio frequencysystem-on-a-chip (SOC) about the size of a dime that streamlines design and development processes of DASH7 radio frequency identification (RFID)-based tracking devices.

Savi's new active RFID SOC combines three different microprocessor chips onto one silicon chip package, which consolidates and simplifies the integration of electrical circuitry used to process and store data on RFID tags and readers, company officials say. As a result, the design and manufacturing processes of standards-based active RFID hardware and enabling solutions are speedier and more cost-effective while also maintaining the functionality and memory of Savi's hardware, company officials say.

The Savi RFID SOC, which contains not only all of the core technology from Savi tags and readers but also enhanced functionality, is available now as part of the OEM Modules sold through the Savi Developer program. Savi Developers have open access to component technologies required to make RFID hardware and adaptive software applications based on Savi Technology products. The small size of Savi's SOC now makes it easier to embed RFID in other technology devices or directly into an asset, company officials say.

"System-on-a-chip removes a lot of the complexity and accelerates interoperability in the development of RF hardware, making it easier for both Savi and other developers to design, develop, and deploy differentiated technologies that improve supply chain and asset management processes," says David Stephens, chief executive officer, Savi Technology.

The Savi RFID SOC provides a 32-bit ARM processor core in a single 9 millimeter by 9 millimeter chip package.

In addition, Savi Technology is offering developers the OEM Tag Developer Kit and the OEM Tag Module, which give developers and integrators the flexibility to add power options, antennas and sensors to their applications.

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