8/27/2002 - Agilent Technologies released the industry's first 3.3-volt LED (light emitting diode) dot-matrix alphanumeric "smart" displays used in medical and test equipment, printers, scanners, copy machines and routers, line cards and other networking equipment.
The Agilent HCMS-39XX smart displays operate directly from a 3.3-volt supply. The new displays are compatible with today's standard 3.3-volt microprocessors and logic circuits, and add the intelligence needed to interface directly with the microprocessor or microcontroller without the need for extra interface components or voltage converters, thereby simplifying power supply design and reducing board space and cost for manufacturers.
"As the world leader in optoelectronic semiconductors, Agilent has consistently been first with new product innovations," said Soo-Ghee Lee, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Optoelectronic Product Division. "With the delivery of the first 3.3 volt LED smart displays, we have made the designing new systems easier by eliminating the need for a separate 5-volt voltage supply."
The Agilent HCMS-39XX serial interface displays allow high character count information to be displayed with a minimum of data lines. The easy-to-read 5x7 pixel format displays the full range of uppercase and lowercase ASCII characters, Katakana, and custom user-defined characters that are dot-addressable. The displays are stackable in both x- and y-directions, making them ideal for creating compact, high-density information displays.
The Agilent 3.3-volt smart displays are supplied in four and eight character versions, each with a choice of 0.15-inch or 0.20-inch character height and red, orange and green LEDs. AlInGaP (aluminum indium gallium phosphide) versions are available for applications calling for extra high brightness.
Each display module incorporates a CMOS IC complete with refresh and constant current LED drive circuitry. The display is dot-addressable, and programmable features include blanking, multi-level dimming and sleep mode.
Samples and volume quantities of all 16 product types of the HCMS-39XX family are immediately available. These products are offered both through Agilent's distribution partners and direct through Agilent's sales offices worldwide. The Agilent 3.3-volt smart displays also can be customized to meet specific customer requirements.
About Agilent Technologies (www.agilent.com)
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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