Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Intel jumps in RFID

Well, it's just a baby step, really, by a small startup incubated as part of Intel Capital. I have to admit I did not know before reporting this story on EETimes.com (about a new single-chip UHF reader) that Intel Cap routinely nurtures 6-12 internal Intel startups at any given time. Makes sense. The tiny company gets the benefits of the big company name and resources without the big company taking much risk.

I also didn't realize there is a big technology unknown about which RFID technology is suited for the Holy Grail market of replacing the world of bar codes—LW, UHF, HF or some hybrid. Even the analysts don't know what it will be yet, but they think it coulod arrive circa 2010. What do you think?

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