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ThingMagic Mercury6e RFID Reader Module Hits the Market

Trimble has announced the availability of its ThingMagic Mercury6e (M6e) module. Introduced in April 2010 (see RFID New Roundup: ThingMagic Intros New Compact RFID UHF Reader Module), the M6e is an ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) EPC Gen 2 RFID embedded reader module. According to Trimble, the device is a small, 1-watt, four-port module that provides RFID tag read rates of up to 400 tags per second, and read ranges of more than 30 feet, with a 6-dBi antenna. Made with Impinj's Indy R2000 chip, the reader module is aimed at original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), value-added resellers (VARs) and solution providers that want to add RFID to existing product lines, or to design and build new solutions from the ground up. It measures 2.7 inches by 1.7 inches by 0.3 inch. The M6e also features multi-protocol support—EPC Gen 2 (ISO 18000-6C) with support for dense reader mode (transmit and receive), ISO 18000-6B, and I-PX—and complies with U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) regulations in a single module configuration at 36 dBm EIRP and 33 dBm ERP, respectively. The module also features built-in thermal management, eliminating the need for a separate heat spreader. Customers are already adding the module to their product portfolios, the company reports. Silion Technology Co., a Chinese VAR specializing in radio frequency identification, says the addition of the M6e to its product line will help it meet the growing regional demand for RFID. "The M6e is a powerful addition to ThingMagic's embedded RFID reader family," said Sun Hai, Silion Technology's founder and CEO, in a prepared statement, "and, as with all of ThingMagic's products, offers a robust development platform and the tools necessary for value-added resellers like Silion Tech to serve our customers and advance our market position."