SOURCE: Impinj, Inc.

February 12, 2007 07:00 ET

Purdue Pharma Selects Impinj Gen 2 RFID Item-Level Tagging Technology for First-of-Its-Kind High-Speed Packaging Line

High-Performance RFID Readers, Tag Chips and Near-Field Antennas Boost Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Efficiency and Security

SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 12, 2007 -- Leading radio frequency identification (RFID) chip and reader supplier Impinj, Inc. today announced that Purdue Pharma L.P. will integrate Impinj's Gen 2 RFID products into high-speed pharmaceutical packaging lines for improved pharmaceutical supply chain efficiency and security.

Scheduled for production-level deployment in the second quarter of 2007, Purdue Pharma's Gen 2 RFID-enabled packaging line will utilize the Impinj GrandPrix™ UHF RFID solution, comprising Speedway™ readers, tags powered by Monza™ chips, and application-specific near-field reader antennas. The packaging line will be certified for production readiness under SYSTECH International's TIPS® Serialized Product Tracking solution that includes exhaustive tests modeling Purdue Pharma production packaging environments. During advance testing, the Impinj-powered packaging line surpassed tag read rate requirements with 100% tag read reliability.

"We are working to implement innovative solutions that will enhance security within the supply chain," said Aaron Graham, vice president of Corporate Security and chief security officer at Purdue Pharma. "The Impinj RFID technology has been selected as an integral part of our packaging line improvements to help the company establish an ePedigree process that will significantly improve the delivery of products from the factory to the pharmacy counter."

Successfully deployed in large retail and distribution environments worldwide, the Impinj GrandPrix solution utilizing Monza tag chips and Speedway readers addresses the most important RFID deployment criteria for pharmaceutical supply chain environments -- high tag throughput rates, high read and programming reliability and robust, secure track and trace capability. The Speedway reader achieves superior read reliability with throughput exceeding 1000 tags per second in typical supply chain environments and 200 tags per second in dense reader environments with up to eight interfering readers. The Speedway reader also features a unique mono-static antenna design that delivers the RFID industry's highest performance while substantially reducing deployment and ownership costs. Monza chips and Speedway readers carry both EPCglobal's Gen 2 Conformance Certification and Interoperability Certification marks.

"We are very pleased that Purdue Pharma has selected the GrandPrix RFID solution to power its exciting new packaging line," said Dimitri Desmons, vice president of RFID marketing at Impinj. "This deployment demonstrates the reliability and high performance of Impinj's RFID technology for enabling item-level tagging and ePedigree initiatives that significantly improve pharmaceutical supply chain operations and security."

About Purdue Pharma L.P.

Purdue Pharma L.P. and its associated companies are privately held pharmaceutical companies known for pioneering research on persistent pain. Headquartered in Stamford, CT, Purdue is engaged in the research, development, production, and distribution of both prescription and over-the-counter medicines and hospital products. Additional information about Purdue can be found at

About SYSTECH International

Founded in 1985, SYSTECH International is a global provider of packaging execution systems in the pharmaceutical industry. The powerful combination of SYSTECH's products and services provide companies with complete control over packaging processes along with the actionable intelligence required to continuously improve packaging performance. By partnering with SYSTECH, companies can leverage an agnostic, scaleable architecture, to deliver significant improvements at the line, plant and enterprise levels. For more information about their company and products, please visit

About Impinj, Inc.

Impinj, Inc. is a semiconductor and RFID company whose patented Self-Adaptive Silicon® technology enables its two synergistic business lines: high-performance RFID products and semiconductor intellectual property (IP). A leading contributor to the RFID standards for high-volume supply-chain applications worldwide, Impinj leverages its technical expertise and industry partnerships to deliver the GrandPrix™ solution, comprising tags, readers, software and systems integration to offer RFID that just works™. Impinj's innovative IP products, core to the company's RFID tags, are licensed to leading semiconductor companies worldwide, allowing them to seamlessly integrate crucial nonvolatile memory (NVM) alongside analog and digital functionality on a single chip. Impinj's IP products include the popular AEON® family of embeddable cores, which provides rewriteable NVM technology in logic CMOS manufacturing. For more information, visit

Impinj, Speedway, Self-Adaptive Silicon, GrandPrix, Monza, "RFID that just works," and AEON are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Impinj, Inc.

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