Sun boosts support for RFID

Friday, 19 September 2003, 4:01 PM EST

Another major enterprise IT vendor has further embraced the move toward using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags in manufacturing and retailing.

Sun Microsystems Inc. this week announced that it has formed a business unit dedicated to helping customers and partners to develop software and hardware solutions for the use of RFID. At least one piece of new software is already slated for release in March to help bolster the effort, officials said.

Sun is calling the new group the Auto-ID business unit, in reference to standards work occurring in the Auto-ID Center, a consortium of 100 corporations and six research universities promoting the use of RFID.

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