Impinj is providing early notice to our Impinj Monza 5 tag chip customers of an upcoming change in product availability. Impinj will end-of-life (EOL) Impinj Monza 5 in 2020. This decision is intended to better match the supply of Impinj Monza 5 ICs with the natural drop in demand for a product that has been in the market since 2011, as most Impinj Monza 5 IC customers have moved to the more advanced Impinj Monza R6-P tag chip.
In December 2019, Impinj will distribute a formal Impinj Monza 5 EOL product change notification, which will officially start the EOL process. We will follow the standard semiconductor EOL process of allowing orders to be placed for the first six months of 2020, with our last shipment occurring at the end of 2020.
For the needs of most Impinj Monza 5 customers, Impinj recommends converting existing solutions with Monza 5 tags to Monza R6-P tags, which boast a richer feature set for those applications. There are some exceptions in which the end user may gain more value from a different Impinj Monza 6 family endpoint IC, but for most scenarios, Monza R6-P is the best replacement option for Monza 5.
This application note is a technical guide outlining the considerations for end users transitioning from Impinj Monza 5 to Monza R6-P. End customers should work closely with the inlay manufacturers to determine the best strategy for transitioning from Impinj Monza 5 tags to Monza R6-P tags.