Impinj Wins Big at 2015 ACE Awards

July 22, 2015 Lea DeJarlais

Impinj CEO Dr. Chris Diorio Named 2015 ACE Awards’ Innovator of the Year, Monza R6 Wins Internet of Things Product of the Year

Dr. Chris Diorio: Innovator of the Year

Dr. Chris Diorio, Founder, Vice Chairman and CEO at Impinj, has been named Innovator of the Year at UBM Canon’s EE Times and EDN Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards. The ACE Awards celebrate the creators of technology who demonstrate leadership and innovation in the global industry and shape the world we live in. Chris received the award for his unwavering commitment to electronics innovation and leadership in the RAIN RFID community.


It’s fitting that creativity is in the title of this award. Chris approaches RAIN RFID with passionate creativity that has shaped the past, present, and future of the technology and its applications. From driving standards to pioneering innovations, Chris has made profound contributions to an industry that would not be the same without him.

Chris was the driving force behind the development of the EPCglobal UHF Gen2 RFID standard. He not only championed Gen2 through what appeared to be insurmountable opposition, but also performed the lion’s share of the technical analysis and, as project editor, authored the final document. Following ratification of UHF Gen2, he championed the ISO version known as 18000-6C, and evangelized the benefits of UHF Gen2 both individually and in speaking engagements worldwide. At the same time he was the leading architect for changes in frequency regulations to allow UHF Gen2 to operate in Europe, Japan and Korea, and is known as the father of the dense-reader-mode frequency plans that these countries adopted, which allow a large number of RFID readers to operate reliably in a small number of RF channels.


Chris receives Innovator of the Year award.

In his role at Impinj, Chris pioneered “near-field UHF” to enable using UHF Gen2 tags on liquids and metals thereby allowing Gen2 to penetrate markets such as retail, pharmaceuticals, asset tagging, and even shoe tagging for marathon runners. Chris drives Impinj’s technology innovations, holding over 110 patents. As champion for making RFID easy to use, Chris pioneered the Autopilot concepts in Impinj’s Speedway® Revolution reader that frees end users from having to manually configure all the Gen2 parameters that a reader uses. Instead, the reader regularly senses its environment and sets these parameters itself, continually optimizing performance and avoiding interference with other electronic devices.

In 2014, Chris co-founded the RAIN RFID alliance, along with Google, Intel and SMARTRAC, to help promote UHF RFID industry growth. RAIN promotes awareness, education, programs, and initiatives to accelerate the growth and adoption of ISO–IEC 18000-63 / EPC™ Gen2 RFID in business and consumer applications worldwide. As of May 2015, over 70 companies have joined RAIN.

Moving forward, RAIN RFID technology will be a major player in the IoT landscape, connecting everyday items to the Internet of Things, providing their identity, location, and authenticity of those items.

Monza R6: Internet of Things Product of the Year

Impinj’s Monza R6 tag chip was also a winner at the ACE Awards, taking home the gold for Internet of Things Product of the Year. Impinj has sold over 10 billion RAIN RFID tag chips for use in numerous Internet of Things applications. Many think of the IoT as connected devices like mobile phones, computers, and other pieces of hardware with a MAC address. At Impinj, we see IoT as the Internet of Everyday Things, where trillions of everyday items can and will be connected to the Internet. With this connectivity, an individual item’s location, identity, and authenticity can be communicated, enabling business to streamline processes and engage customers in new and exciting ways.


Members of Impinj's product team accept Internet of Things Product of the Year award.

The Impinj Monza R6 tag chip is the perfect product for enabling the Internet of Everday Things. Combining breakthrough features with unprecedented read range and write speed, Impinj's Monza R6 tag chip enables retailers, brand owners, healthcare providers, and manufacturers to achieve significant performance improvements, unmatched data integrity and the lowest applied tag cost in their RFID operations while using smaller and more versatile tags that extend the benefits of RAIN RFID to many aspects of their business.

Learn About Monza R6

About the ACE Awards

The ACE Awards, developed in 2005 and presented by EE Times and EDN, are awarded each year to celebrate the individuals, companies and products that demonstrate innovation and leadership in the electronics industry. The ACE Awards are judged by industry experts, comprised of the leading voices of academia, industry executives and content experts.  The 2015 Annual Creativity in Electronics Awards event was held on July 21st at The Santa Clara Convention Center during the Embedded Systems Conference.


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