11/13/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced it has shipped its 20 millionth film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR) duplexer. This breakthrough communications technology has been designed into nine of the top 10 CDMA (code division multiple access) phone manufacturers' U.S. PCS (personal communications service) band handsets.
Demand has been so strong that Agilent increased its shipments in September to more than two million FBAR duplexers per month. Duplexers play a critical role in CDMA handsets and data cards by separating incoming communications from outgoing communications to allow for simultaneous two-way voice or data transmission. Traditionally, duplexers have been the second largest component in a wireless phone, after the battery.
"Our FBAR duplexer component has become an industry standard and is now inside 80 percent of new U.S. PCS handsets," said Bryan Ingram, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Wireless Semiconductor Division. "The FBAR size and performance advantage is highly valued by our customers. And because FBAR technology allows filters to be manufactured using a semiconductor process, Agilent plans to further reduce the duplexer's size and integrate it with Agilent E-pHEMT power amplifiers and detectors to create miniature RF front-end modules. These modules will allow handset manufacturers to increase battery life and offer even more features than available today."
Agilent FBAR duplexers have been designed into more than 55 mobile terminal platforms, including feature-rich, next-generation PCS band camera phones and smartphones. At a height of less than 2 mm, Agilent's FBAR duplexers are the only duplexers that meet the maximum height limit for CDMA data cards. In terms of performance, FBAR duplexers provide better power handling, insertion loss and selectivity characteristics than surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices.
Agilent is ramping production of its second generation FBAR duplexer for delivery to tier-one manufacturers. The smaller form-factor device has a 66 percent smaller footprint (5 x 5 x 1.4 mm) than the current FBAR duplexer.
Further information on Agilent's FBAR products and technology is available at www.agilent.com/view/fbar.
Agilent's Mobile Appliance Solutions
Agilent is a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for today's highly integrated, feature-rich mobile handsets. In addition to FBAR filters and E-pHEMT power amplifiers that help shrink handset size and save battery life, Agilent provides CMOS imaging solutions that enable camera phones, infrared transceivers for transmitting data, surface mount LEDs that provide backlighting styling options, and ambient light photo sensors that save battery life by controlling backlighting. No other component vendor offers all of these solutions for mobile appliances.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 30,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.
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