Eindhoven, The Netherlands Philips Electronics has supplied first engineering samples of an RFID chip compliant with EPCglobal's Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Electronic Product Code (EPC) Class 1 Generation 2 (G2) standard. With an increasing number of mandates from major retailers and organizations such as the US Department of Defense, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) companies and other suppliers around the world are moving towards implementing RFID technology in their supply chains. Philips' UCODE EPC G2 chip features better performance characteristics than any other solution to date and provides regulatory compliance to simplify worldwide implementations of RFID. With the availability of Class 1 G2 solutions, both prior UHF technology solutions (Class 0 and Class 1 Generation 1) standardized by EPCglobal can now be replaced. Mandating organizations, such as major retailers and their suppliers, can now install readers and use tag solutions that support this worldwide standard. EPC G2 also addresses the differing regional regulatory environments for the UHF bands allocated for RFID, allowing UHF to be used worldwide enabling these organizations to deploy a unified RFID supply chain infrastructure throughout the world. Philips Semiconductors , Eindhoven, The Netherlands. www.semiconductors.philips.com.