New Antennas for Alien® to Include Much Smaller Form Factors

SAN JOSE, CA–(Marketwired – March 07, 2017) – Alien Technology, a leader in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Ultra High Frequency (UHF) products introduced two new UHF Passive RFID reader antennas for use with Alien or non-Alien RFID readers.

The ALR-A1001 is an ultra-thin form factor that is approximately one-half inch thick, which is half the depth of most RFID antennas. This smaller circular polarized antenna still has an excellent 8.5dBic gain, matching most traditional form factor antennas. Use case for this smaller antenna is specifically relevant to restricted space/cabinets where other equipment is sharing space and not much room is available. IF aesthetics is important, this new antenna will fit the bill. Some examples are slim portals, ceiling-mounted antenna or wall-mounted solutions with tight spacing. The ALR-A1001 is priced similarly to traditional antennas, minimizing the difference required to support small form factor antenna.

The second antenna, the ALR-A0501, is a 5×5-inch antenna with 6dBic gain. This antenna replaces the similarly sized, lower gain ALR-9608 antenna that was only available as a FCC frequency variant.

“These two new antennas give Alien customers more options for their RFID antenna solutions while giving the consumer smaller footpring antennas and reducing solution costs.” said Neil Mitchell, Senior Director Marketing at Alien Technology. These antenna have the IP rating of 67, which makes them perfect for use in dusty/damp environments. Both of them also come in FCC and ETSI frequency types to support customers worldwide.

Both antennas use the SubMiniature version A (SMA) connector. Alien will also be introducing a range of supporting cables. These cables use an SMA connector at one end for connection to the antenna and a Reverse Threaded Neill-Concelman (RNTC) connector at the other for connection to Alien Readers. Currently these cables are available in three lengths: the ALX-421-3 is a 3 meter (~10ft), cable, the ALX-421-6 is a 6 meter (~20ft) cable and the ALX-421-9 is a 9 meter (~30ft) cable.

Both antennas are available today.

About Alien Technology

Founded in 1994, Alien Technology LLC is the passive RFID industry’s pioneering and leading provider of high quality RFID innovations, technologies and products. Alien solves the Identification of Things™ (IoT) through the provision of UHF passive RFID transceiver chips, tags, inlays & labels, fixed & mobile readers and a full range of related professional services. Alien’s facilities include corporate headquarters in San Jose, CA; the Alien RFID Solutions Center in the Dayton, OH region; and sales offices in Brazil, China, Italy and Singapore. Alien is a member of EPCglobal, GS1 and RAIN.

Alien, Alien Technology and the Alien logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Alien Technology, LLC in the United States and other countries.

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