Alien Technology has developed, and holds exclusive patent rights to, a manufacturing assembly technology called Fluidic Self Assembly (FSA) which was invented at UC Berkeley by Prof. John S. Smith. FSA allows for the efficient placement of arbitrarily large numbers of small components across a surface in a single operation. The company plans to first use the technology to manufacture very low-cost RFID tags, but it will also be applied to antennas, sensors and other devices.
The company has demonstrated the feasibility of the FSA process and has engaged with leaders in web processing to apply proven web equipment and processes to RFID manufacturing. Key customers and other partners from around the world have endorsed the company's strategy through purchase orders and/or development agreements.