austriamicrosystems and Syscan International Pre-Release New Livetrack UHF RFID "Simply Gen2" Reader Enabling Customer to Achieve Faster Time to Market

AS3990, used in Livetrack, is an innovative Hand Held Mobile UHF Reader Chip to create low power and low cost RFID reader solutions

Unterpremstaetten, Austria (April 18, 2008) - austriamicrosystems (SWX:AMS) a leading global designer and manufacturer of high-performance analog ICs for communications, industrial, medical and automotive applications, in partnership with Syscan International, is pleased to announce that Syscan International has incorporated austriamicrosystems' new AS3990 UHF RFID "Simply Gen2" Reader Chip into their latest product, the Livetrack UHF Reader.

The new UHF Livetrack offers not only UHF Class 1 Gen2 capability, ideal for Asset, Inventory Management and Supply Chain applications, but also on-board micro processing capability that can run the application on-board, tailormade to the customer's requirements and thus reducing the costs for simple RFID applications. The scrollthrough menu will guide users through the application which can then be sent back to a simple spreadsheet through a Bluetooth interface.

"The speed at which Syscan International were able to develop their application was very impressive" commented Kambiz Hayat-Dawoodi, Manager Wireless Business Line at austriamicrosystems. "This along with their user friendly design embodies exactly what we are striving to achieve with our innovative AS3990 UHF RFID Gen2 reader solution."

"We've had a great time designing this version of Livetrack which, as a low frequency product, has been so successful in livestock and mining asset management applications. This project has been a collaborative effort between Syscan International in Canada and the new acquisition, Sunshine Technologies in Australia. We thought the RFID Journal conference in Las Vegas marked a great pre-release event for the product", boasted John Leerberg, Engineering Manager for Syscan International in Australia.

"The price point and functionality of the product is greatly needed in this UHF space and Syscan hope to capitalise on the market need for a low cost and highly functional hand held reader!"

austriamicrosystems' AS3990 is a single chip, Gen 2 UHF Reader IC. Ideally targeted for power/cost-sensitive applications, the AS3990 sports the industry's lowest power consumption and lowest cost bill of materials (BOM). It includes a Gen2 protocol engine for fast time to market, and is available with an integrated power amplifier to
further reduce the BOM. The AS3990's unique programmable features enable a single device that is world-wide shippable. Its simplicity is emphasized with only 32 registers to enable full RF, filtering, and protocol control, while
maintaining ease in implementation.

The AS3990 is available in QFN 64 9x9 mm package and is specified for 0 to 70° C. More information is available at

About austriamicrosystems
austriamicrosystems is a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs, combining more than 25 years of analog design capabilities and system know-how with its own state-of-the-art manufacturing and test facilities. austriamicrosystems leverages its expertise in low power and high accuracy to provide industryleading
customized and standard analog products. Operating worldwide with more than 1,100 employees, austriamicrosystems focuses on the areas of power management, sensors & sensor interfaces, portable audio and car access in its markets Communications, Industry & Medical and Automotive, complemented by its Full Service Foundry activities. austriamicrosystems is listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (ticker: AMS).

About Syscan International Inc.
Syscan is a unique supply chain solution provider that delivers integrated real-time tracking and tracing systems that improve business efficiency through Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). Its standardized supply chain solutions include traceability, temperature monitoring and quality control applications for the food and pharmaceutical sectors. Shares of Syscan trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol SYA. There are approximately 47.2 million shares outstanding. Electronic picture and block diagram are available on request or at

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austriamicrosystems AG
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Mark Dickson
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Syscan International Inc.
Scott Austin
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