Agilent Ramps up E-pHEMT Power Amplifier Modules Shipments

3/27/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that its newly released E-pHEMT power amplifier (PA) modules are now shipping at a rate of greater than 500,000 units per month to multiple customers. Agilent expects to increase shipments to two to three million units per month by September 2003.

"We've had tremendous reception for our new E-pHEMT PA modules, which help mobile phone manufacturers make their products more appealing to users at very competitive prices," said Bryan Ingram, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Wireless Semiconductor Division. "What elevates Agilent's PA modules above the rest is their industry-best power-added efficiency, which allows our customers to either offer additional features while maintaining battery life, or offer phones with much longer battery life."

Agilent E-pHEMT PA modules have been designed into six mobile terminal platforms for both CDMA and GSM air interfaces, including a phone from one of the top three GSM handset manufacturers.

To keep up with the demand for high-efficiency PA modules and other E-pHEMT products, Agilent is quickly ramping its new state of the art six-inch wafer fab in Ft. Collins, Colo. The fab offers high volume manufacturing capacity, and leverages state-of-the-art CMOS statistical process control techniques to optimize performance of advanced analog/mixed-signal devices.

The three new Agilent E-pHEMT PA modules -- two for CDMA/AMPS handsets and one for GSM -- provide the industry's best power-added efficiency (PAE), and allow manufacturers to increase mobile phone battery life by as much as 15 percent. Battery life is a critical feature in today's multi-function phones.

Of the CDMA modules -- the ACPM-7813 -- addresses the 800 MHz dual-mode band, while the ACPM-7833 operates in the 1900 MHz (PCS) range for handsets and wireless data terminal applications. The CDMA modules offer an industry-best PAE rating of 40 percent, with E-pHEMT technology that requires only a single positive power supply. The ACPM-7891 PA module is targeted at tri-band GSM/GPRS phones, and offers superior PAE of up to 60 percent in GSM band and 56 percent in both DCS and PCS bands.

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