Agilent Technologies' smaller CMOS image sensors enable lower cost digital camera solutions

7/31/2002 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced a new family of color and monochrome CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) image sensors. The smaller sensors, supplied in a 25 percent smaller and 50 percent thinner surface-mount package than previous versions, enable the design of compact, lower cost consumer and industrial digital camera solutions.

The Agilent VGA color image sensors (640 x 480 pixel) are ideal for PC cameras, detachable cameras for mobile phones and PDAs, and for digital still and dual-mode cameras. The CIF monochrome image sensors (352 x 288 pixel) are excellent choices for biometrics (identifying individual human characteristics such as fingerprints), surveillance and security, machine vision and bar code scanners.

"This introduction significantly enhances our image sensor product portfolio," said Jason Hartlove, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Sensor Solutions Division. "As the CMOS image sensor market leader, we will continue to apply our IC design expertise and high-volume manufacturing to deliver products that meet the needs of our customers."

Agilent's CMOS image sensors are provided in the new industry-standard 32-pin CLCC (ceramic leadless chip carrier) package. The package has dimensions of 10.7 mm x 10.7 mm x 1.65 mm compared to the 13.5 mm x 14.5 mm x 3.80 mm of the previous Agilent image sensors supplied in the PQFP (plastic quad flat pack) package. The CLCC package features a flat top and more accurate height placement due to flat pins, making optical adjustment quicker and simpler. This new package also features enhanced thermal performance assuring operating stability over a wider temperature range.

These CMOS image sensors also offer high sensitivity and a low-noise design for capturing more detailed pictures in a variety of lighting conditions. The sensors offer an anti-blooming feature that prevents the whiteout of images taken with a flash, as well as low power consumption that enables more efficient power management and longer battery life.

The Agilent CMOS image sensors integrate a highly sensitive active pixel photodiode array with timing control and onboard A/D conversion. These image sensors, when coupled with compatible image processors from either Agilent or selected Agilent partners, provide a complete imaging system to enable rapid end-product development for camera manufacturers.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent ADCS-1021 (CIF-resolution color) and ADCS-1121 (CIF-resolution monochrome) CMOS image sensors are priced at less than $5 in high volumes. The Agilent ADCS-2021 (VGA-resolution color) and ADCS-2121 (VGA-resolution monochrome) CMOS image sensors are priced at less than $7 in high volumes. All four devices are available in production volumes.

Further information on these and other Agilent image sensors and image processors is available at

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. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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