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Printed electronics provides a potential pathway toward the realization of ultra-low-cost radio frequency identification (RFID) tags for item-level tracking of consumer goods. Here, we report on our progress in developing materials and processes for the realization of printed transistors for low-cost RFID applications. Using inkjet printing of novel conductors, dielectrics, and organic semiconductors, we have realized printed transistors with mobilities >10-1cm2/V-s. AC performance of these devices is adequate for 135-kHz RFID, and, with further optimization, 13.56-MHz RFID appears to be within reach. We review the performance of these devices, and discuss optimization strategies for achieving the ultimate performance goals requisite for realizing ultra-low-cost printed RFID.