Agilent Technologies Introduces Industry's Smallest Infrared Transceiver for Next-generation Ultra-thin PDAs and Cell Phones

10/16/2002 - Agilent Technologies introduced the industry's smallest, low power serial infrared transceiver. The Agilent HSDL-3208 transceiver is enclosed in a breakthrough 1.6 mm package and provides optimum characteristics for slim portable information appliances such as 2.5G and 3G wireless handsets, PDAs and e-wallets. It features an extended link distance up to 50 cm and is ideally suited for Infrared for Financial Messaging (IrFM) "point and pay" applications.

"Agilent's new, smaller IR transceiver makes it easier to incorporate IrFM capability into any portable device," said Kee Hane Ngoh, operations manager of Agilent's Infrared Products Operation. "The IrFM point and pay profile is designed to enable users to perform wireless financial transactions between a mobile device such as a cell phone or PDA and a point-of-sale terminal or ATM equipped with an IR port. It supports the use of most financial instruments, including credit and debit cards, while providing digital receipts. The application is already in trials in Japan and Korea, and at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where students can use the infrared port on their mobile phones to make purchases on campus."

The Agilent HSDL-3208 meets the Infrared Data Association (IrDA) IrDA-IrMC version 1.4 specification for low power serial infrared mode at 2.4 kb/s to 115 Kb/s data rates.- The transceiver can also operate at an extended link distances of up to 50 cm, exceeding the Infrared Data Association low-power link specification of 20 cm to 30 cm.

The HSDL-3208 is ideal for power-sensitive handheld devices, providing low shutdown current of 1 nanoamperes (nA) to help extend battery life. It provides guaranteed temperature performance at a supply voltage ranging from 2.7 V to 3.6 V, and over a temperature range of -25 C to +85 C. Other features include excellent EMI performance, even without a shield, and LED stuck-high protection to eliminate the need for shutting down and resetting the handheld device. The transceiver is supplied in the industry's smallest profile package at 1.6 mm (height) by 7.0 mm (width) by 2.8 mm (depth). It is IEC 825-Class 1 eye safe.

The Agilent HSDL-3208 is currently available through Agilent's direct sales channel for volume orders and through Agilent's global distribution partners.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 37,000 employees serve customers in more than 120 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $8.4 billion in fiscal year 2001.

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