Building on its commitment to simplify the integration and use of RFID technology, Trimble introduces the ThingMagic Mercury xPRESS Platform, the first extensible platform for developing application specific readers and embedded solutions using UHF RFID modules.
Trimble Introduces the ThingMagic Micro-LTE UHF RFID Module. An addition to the Mercury6e Series of embedded UHF RFID modules, the Micro-LTE joins the ThingMagic Micro to create a family of the smallest, 2-port, high-performance RFID modules on the market. The Micro is designed for applications with medium to large tag populations, while the Micro-LTE is optimized for small tag populations.
Trimble Introduces an enhanced ThingMagic USB RFID Reader. The USB Plus+ RFID Reader offers an extended read range (over 3ft), writes data more effectively to high-memory tags and reads small form factor tags more efficiently, expanding the range of supported applications.
Trimble Introduces the 4-port ThingMagic Micro RFID Reader Module. Form factor and performance advantages allow customers to add optimized and standards-compliant RFID technology to a great number of devices and solutions, delivering cost savings and time-to-market advantages over alternative methods of embedding RFID.
Trimble Introduces the ThingMagic Astra-EX UHF RFID Reader. Driven by ThingMagic’s high-performance Mercury6e (M6e) module and designed for enterprise and commercial applications, Astra-EX is easy to install and integrate with corporate IT infrastructures and blends well with enterprise lay-outs.
Trimble introduces the ThingMagic Mercury6 RFID reader. The M6 offers a low-profile form factor, rugged service operating capabilities and the industry’s highest transmit power for a Power over Ethernet (PoE) capable reader.
Trimble announces the availability of the ThingMagic Mercury6e RFID reader module. Achieving several market firsts , the M6e is the world’s smallest 1 Watt, four port UHF reader module on the market.
UK Retailer Tesco announces that it has selected the Mercury4 platform for one of the largest RFID reader orders ever.
RFID standards body EPC Global launches the 'Generation 2' tag specification. ThingMagic begins a major user information campaign, producing white papers and a DVD. While all other RFID readers became obsolete or need hardware changes, Mercury4 adjusted to the new standard with a simple remote software upgrade, proving the power of ThingMagic's advanced software defined radio technology.
Technology Review magazine names co-founder Yael Maguire as one of its top 35 innovators under the age of 35.
ThingMagic takes its first ever round of investment, raising a total of around $21m from investors including The Exxel Group, The Tudor Group, Cisco Systems, Morningside Technology Ventures, Inventec Appliances Corporation and Topline Growth Capital.
ThingMagic named to Red Herring's 100 North America, a list of privately-held companies playing a leading role in innovating the technology business.
ThingMagic becomes one of the first profitable RFID companies in the world. Other RFID companies begin making 'agile' readers of their own. A second manufacturing partnership, with Omron of Japan, was announced, and ThingMagic's first Intel-based reader, Mercury4, was launched. The Boston Globe surveyed New England's RFID cluster and declared: 'the best positioned local company is ThingMagic'.
ThingMagic introduces the Mercury4e, a protocol agile, high-performance, embedded RFID reader module. This product rapidly assumes the leading market position in the printer and encoder market.
ThingMagic presented a landmark paper on the Agile RFID readers to the Auto-ID Center's sponsors, and built an improved Mercury2 for the Auto-ID Center's field tests and evaluation kits.
When Mercury3 was introduced ThingMagic licensed the manufacturing rights to ADT Sensormatic, and announced a collaboration with Intel to develop RFID readers using Intel's XScale family of network processors.
ThingMagic's co-founder Ravi Pappu named to Technology Review's list of top 100 innovators under the age of 35.
MIT's Auto-ID Center gave ThingMagic its hardest problem to date: create the RFID reader of the future - a device that could talk to any RFID tag, on any radio frequency; that could integrate seamlessly with the Internet; that was capable of intelligence at the edge of the network; and that would be very cheap to make in large volumes. Many experts thought such a device was impossible.
ThingMagic delivered a working prototype, called Mercury 1, in November 2001. This RFID reader read the first EPC Class 1 Gen 1 tag, demonstrating interoperability in the EPC standard for the very first time.
ThingMagic pioneers the use of software-defined radio in RFID.
ThingMagic starts in a garage on Kingston Street in Somerville, Massachusetts. Founders Ravi Pappu, Bernd Schoner, Rehmi Post, Yael Maguire, and Matt Reynolds strongly believe in the Internet of Things, and envision their company as adding magic to everyday objects.
The company takes on several consulting projects in augmenting existing products with RFID, algorithm design and implementation, and the design of low-cost Linux computers. Customers include blue-chip Fortune 500 companies. The goal is to bootstrap the company without the use of venture capital.