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UPC

UPC (Universal Product Code) was the original barcode symbology widely used in America for items in stores, nowadys replaced by EAN.UCC-12, that encodes twelve digits as follows:

SLLLLLLMRRRRRRE

where S and E are the bit pattern 101, M is the bit pattern 01010, and L and R are digits, seven bits long each. This is a total of 95 bits.

The first L digit is 0 for ordinary items, 3 for pharmaceuticals, 2 for random-weight items, and 5 for coupons. The rest of L is the manufacturer code. The first five R digits are the product code assigned by the manufacturer. The last digit is a redundancy check.

Each digit has four forms, of which two are used in UPC-A and three in EAN. For 6, the forms are:

0101111 (L)
0000101 (L in EAN)
1010000 (R)
1111010 (unused)

The codes for the ten digits are:

0 0001101
1 0011001
2 0010011
3 0111101
4 0100011
5 0110001
6 0101111
7 0111011
8 0110111
9 0001011

Company prefixes are assigned by EAN-UCC.



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