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TMCNet:  NXP Strengthens RFID Portfolio With Advanced UHF and HF Solutions

[April 07, 2011]

NXP Strengthens RFID Portfolio With Advanced UHF and HF Solutions

(Market Wire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS and SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 04/07/11 -- NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI), the market leader in RFID solutions, today announced its latest high-performance UHF and HF offerings, including the UCODE G2iM and G2iM+ ICs, which offer up to 640 bits of segmentable user memory. The G2iM and G2iM+ are ideal for a wide range of high-memory applications for tags and labels, such as fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG); electronics; industrial production, assembly and quality control; electronic vehicle tagging, license plate tagging and windshield tagging; and production and spare part tagging in the automotive and aviation industries. In addition, NXP introduced the high-speed ICODE ILT (Item Level Tag) smart label IC, which enables very fast, reliable item identification in dense tag populations -- as required, for example, in medical and pharmaceutical applications.

"The UCODE i-Series from NXP unlocks the full power of UHF. We now deliver a comprehensive high-performance portfolio ranging from the UCODE G2iL and G2iL+ for cost-sensitive, low memory, ultra-high-volume RFID applications -- most notably in fashion and apparel -- to the new UCODE G2iM and G2iM+, which offer enhanced memory and features for more sophisticated applications such as FMCG and electronic vehicle tagging," said Chris Feige, general manager, tagging and authentication product line, NXP Semiconductors. "When it comes to item-level tagging in pharmaceutical and healthcare applications, the ICODE ILT offers unprecedented performance in terms of very high read speeds even with dense tag populations. The new UCODE and ICODE products we've introduced this week have also been fully tested in our RFID Application and System Center, and benefit from the insights we've gained in working with our customers in real-world application environments." A Solution for High Memory RFID ApplicationsThe G2iM and G2iM+ are the newest additions to NXP's breakthrough UCODE i-Series for UHF, and feature scalable EPC memory and extended user memory, up to 640 bits. The user memory can be segmented and protected with passwords, restricting access for increased security. This unique feature is particularly useful when several parties need access to the memory, but with different privileges. For example, in a production environment, the quality and assembly departments can use different areas of the memory to store data; similarly, in vehicle and asset tagging systems, local and state government authorities can use different areas, each protected by different passwords. Open memory access is also available for applications that don't require this level of security. The G2iM+ extends functionality to offer a multitude of optional features for theft deterrence, such as a product status flag, tag tamper notification and a digital switch feature, as well as privacy protection options such as Real Read Range Reduction (4R) and a battery mode to dramatically improve read and write sensitivity.

With 128 bits of EPC memory, the UCODE G2iM has 640 bits of user memory and 96 bits in the Tag Identifier memory (TID). The EPC memory is scalable to 448 bits on the G2iM+.

High Speed, High Reliability in Dense Tag EnvironmentsThe high-speed ICODE ILT smart label IC is based on the popular Gen2 protocol, and enables read speeds of 700 tags per second -- 11x the speed of previous offerings -- with excellent reliability, even in dense tag populations and at fast conveyer-belt speeds. The fast anti-collision speed also enables a high degree of tracking automation, particularly in applications requiring the identification of closely coupled items which would otherwise be difficult to process due to interference.

Target applications include medical and healthcare applications such as surgery sponge detection and patient wrist band identification; pharmaceutical ePedigree applications for anti-counterfeiting, product authentication and brand protection; document tracking applications, even with closely situated files and folders; casino applications for automated counting of stacks of chips; and laundry automation. The ICODE ILT is the first smart label IC of its kind compliant with ISO18000-3M3, and offers a best-in-class cost-performance ratio.

Worldwide harmonization of ISM band regulations enable hassle-free global use of the ICODE ILT smart label IC. The ICODE ILT also provides a well-defined reading area which delivers precise location detection, as well as a password-protected privacy mode.

AvailabilityNXP will showcase both new product families at RFID Journal LIVE! next week in Orlando, Florida (booth 204), along with the UCODE I2C IC for wireless device configuration announced earlier this week. The UCODE G2iM and G2iM+ products are currently sampling, with volume production scheduled to start in Q2. Additional information on the UCODE G2iM and G2iM+ is available at: http://www.nxp.com/products/identification_and_security/smart_label_and_tag_ics/ucode/ Engineering samples of the ICODE ILT are also currently available, with production starting later this year. Further information is available at: http://www.nxp.com/products/identification_and_security/smart_label_and_tag_ics/icode/ About NXP SemiconductorsNXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. A global semiconductor company with operations in more than 30 countries, NXP posted revenue of $4.4 billion in 2010. For more information, visit www.nxp.com.

Forward-looking StatementsThis document includes forward-looking statements which include statements regarding our business strategy, financial condition, results of operations, and market data, as well as any other statements which are not historical facts. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to numerous factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected. These factors, risks and uncertainties include the following: market demand and semiconductor industry conditions, our ability to successfully introduce new technologies and products, the demand for the goods into which our products are incorporated, our ability to generate sufficient cash, raise sufficient capital or refinance our debt at or before maturity to meet both our debt service and research and development and capital investment requirements, our ability to accurately estimate demand and match our production capacity accordingly or obtain supplies from third-party producers, our access to production from third-party outsourcing partners, and any events that might affect their business or our relationship with them, our ability to secure adequate and timely supply of equipment and materials from suppliers, our ability to avoid operational problems and product defects and, if such issues were to arise, to correct them quickly, our ability to form strategic partnerships and joint ventures and successfully cooperate with our alliance partners, our ability to win competitive bid selection processes to develop products for use in our customers' equipment and products, our ability to successfully establish a brand identity, our ability to successfully hire and retain key management and senior product architects; and, our ability to maintain good relationships with our suppliers. In addition, this document contains information concerning the semiconductor industry and our business segments generally, which is forward-looking in nature and is based on a variety of assumptions regarding the ways in which the semiconductor industry, our market segments and product areas will develop. We have based these assumptions on information currently available to us, if any one or more of these assumptions turn out to be incorrect, actual market results may differ from those predicted. While we do not know what impact any such differences may have on our business, if there are such differences, our future results of operations and our financial condition could be materially adversely affected. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak to results only as of the date the statements were made. Except for any ongoing obligation to disclose material information as required by the United States federal securities laws, we do not have any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after we distribute this document, whether to reflect any future events or circumstances or otherwise. For a discussion of potential risks and uncertainties, please refer to the risk factors listed in our SEC filings. Copies of our SEC filings are available from on our Investor Relations website, http://www.nxp.com/investor or from the SEC website, http://www.sec.gov.

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