According to a new study released by ABI Research, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) readers are becoming both more highly integrated and more innovative.

Reader ICs have come to lead the market for Low Frequency (LF) and High Frequency (HF) RFID, enabling these technologies to be integrated into smaller, more power-efficient devices. Similar integration is now happening in Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) RFID readers, as products that incorporate the first generation of UHF reader ICs are coming to market.

“The EPCglobal Gen 2 passive UHF RFID standard has proved to be functional and robust,” says principal analyst Pete Poorman. “This has given IC manufacturers the confidence in the market that they needed to move forward with ICs that implement this standard.”

Meanwhile, the same foundation of stable, tested standards that enables highly-integrated reader ICs is proving to be a jumping-off point for new innovations. “Reader and tag vendors are adding new, innovative capabilities by building on top of the standards,” adds Poorman. “These enhancements not only provide enhanced functionality and performance, but also improve manageability and lower reader costs.”

ABI Research’s new study, “Passive RFID Readers: Market Trends and Forecasts,” describes market dynamics for passive readers and reader-specific ICs, identifies key issues facing reader manufacturers and end users, and provides five-year market forecasts. It is a component of the firm’s RFID and Contactless Research Service, which also includes other Research Reports, Research Briefs, Market Data, ABI Insights, ABI Vendor Matrices and analyst inquiry support.