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With Samplify for Windows, Embedded Edition, we can now give our customers the ability to integrate signal decompression into their signal analysis software,'' he said.

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With Samplify for Windows, Embedded Edition, we can now give our customers the ability to integrate signal decompression into their signal analysis software,'' he said.

The technology aims to stop theft. Take for example this scenario. Two customers go into a Wal-Mart store together. One buys 10 pairs of socks and stick the eleventh pair in their pocket. Meanwhile the buddy gets a high-definition (HD) television, and doesn't pay for it. They walk out together. The security bell sounds when they go past the EAS gates. The Wal-Mart employee walks up to the two customers. One pulls out a pair of socks he didn't pay for and gives it back to the Wal-Mart employee, saying Oh, sorry it was me.” Meanwhile the other guy walks out with the HDTV he didn't pay for. A source close to the retailer says Wal-Mart looses nearly $3 billion in goods to theft annually, and some estimate a third goes out the front door.

(Metro Group's Gerd Wolfram and Wal-Mart Stores Linda Dillman began talking about the potential for RFID to monitor theft more than three years ago.)

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Consumers Take RFID Tags Home

ThingMagic executive Steve King says RFID tags embedded in CPG poducts could provide consumers with the ability to download from the Internet recipes and information without spending the time to search the Web. Lexmark International released a RFID UHF Laser Option as an add-on for the company's T640, T652, and T644 monochrome laser printers. The system sports a radio and antenna that programs and verifies RFID tags, and provides a way for customers to add RFID capabilities to existing printers. The standard laser printer enables people to print and read tags with help from ThingMagic's module.

Today, the application aims at businesses, but it could move into the home for consumer use in the near future. King suggests Lexmark's printer may enter consumer homes sooner than some think. It really depends on the speed companies continue to tag individual items in retail and grocery stores. An RFID tags affixed to products bought at retail locations could let shoppers download recipes from the Web and register their name for specials and coupons with the CPG company.

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If a consumer bought a Procter and Gamble Swifter or Dyson vacuum cleaner, for example, to clean their floors that had a RFID tag embedded in the package or product, he could automatically register the product or coupons by allowing the RFID reader on the Lexmark printer read the tag. The consumer would benefit with special offers. The company would benefit, too, because they now have a one-on-one relationship with the consumer.

King says the Lexmark application is available today, but not the use because not enough tags are on individual products, but some companies are considering deployments in the near future. It will become important to let consumers opt-in, so they remain control of their privacy,” he says. Put consumers in control of the process, so we don't invade their privacy and they will buy it.”

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LONDON — iNEMI, the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative , is holding a workshop in Europe to give industry the opportunity to review work in progress” on its 2009 roadmap.

To be held at IMEC's headquarters in Leuven, Belgium on 18 June, the event is meant to offer participants early insight into the likely future direction of the electronics industry.

The second largest segment, biochips, was worth $465 million in 2007 and will reach $581.5 million in 2008. It is expected to increase to $1.8 billion in 2013, for a CAGR of 25.6 percent. Biochips’ market share is expected to increase from 17.2 percent in 2007 to 21.6 percent in 2013.

Nanosensors are expected to see their first significant commercial sales in the years after 2008, reaching almost 2 percent of the microsensor market by 2013 with a value of $159.9 million. MEMS pressure sensors enjoyed the largest market of any microsensor type in 2007, followed by MEMS accelerometers, biochips, MEMS gyroscopes, chemical and gas, and thermal sensors respectively.

The automotive sector was the largest user of microsensors in 2007, with over 38 percent of the market, followed by life sciences (32.3 percent) and the process industries (11.7 percent). By 2013, life sciences should be the largest end-user segment, with 32.4 percent of the market, while the automotive sector will drop into second place at 24.8 percent, followed by consumer products with 23.9 percent.

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