LHWT Microelectronics Tests 802.11b Wireless Chip with Agilent 93000

7/24/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that Beijing LHWT Microelectronics Inc. (LHWT) has selected the Agilent 93000 SOC Series to test the company's IEEE 802.11b baseband processor, the first Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) chip successfully designed and developed in China. The IEEE 802.11b wireless connectivity standard is found in many communication networks, including those in schools, governments and private homes.

The Agilent 93000 is a single, scalable SOC (system on a chip) test system capable of testing the multiple intellectual property (IP) cores found on LHWT's WLAN baseband processor, including mixed-signal and embedded memory circuitry. The system's versatile test capabilities enable LHWT to consolidate various test functions on the Agilent 93000, saving capital equipment cost and reducing test time.

"We are pleased that our 802.11b Wireless LAN baseband chip was seamlessly verified on the Agilent 93000," said Dr. Nan Jian Wu, Technical Director of LHWT. "This chip required many test patterns, some of which are extraordinarily complex. Agilent's proven capability to complete this arduous testing task in such a short time has demonstrated that the Agilent 93000 test system is the best choice for Wireless LAN chip testing."

LHWT engineers worked closely with the Agilent China semiconductor test support team and application development center to develop a test solution for this WLAN device. In addition to developing test programs, LHWT and Agilent jointly developed a supply chain management solution that integrated "upstream" and "downstream" semiconductor subcontract resources, accelerating LHWT's manufacturing and chip testing programs.

"We are honored to receive recognition from LHWT, and also privileged to participate in the development of their 802.11b WLAN baseband chip," said Paul Yang, general manager of Agilent China's Semiconductor Test Equipment Group. "As China's IC design industry flourishes, we aim to provide the best testing solution for our customers, and also help them manage the subcontract manufacturing process. With Agilent's comprehensive service and support, our customers can also gain time-to-market and cost-of-test advantages."

The LHWT IEEE 802.11b baseband chip completely complies with IEEE 802.11b standard, and surpasses other 802.11b chips in performance categories such as circuit scale, power dissipation and communication characteristics. The LHWT chip is built using semiconductor foundry UMC's 0.25Ám process, and also supports broad coverage for products and systems designed for wireless communications.

About the Agilent 93000 SOC Series
The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is the industry's fastest growing, lowest cost single, scalable platform with over 550 installed systems worldwide. The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is designed to meet both the demanding performance and cost challenges of SOC testing. Models are configured to span the widest range of applications that may require ultra-high-speed digital data rates, up to 10 Gb/s, and the broadest range of mixed-signal and RF capabilities. With this range of capabilities, the 93000 SOC Series is the first choice for subcontract manufacturers (SCMs) and the preference for high-volume manufacturing. More information is available at www.agilent.com/see/soctest.

More information about Agilent's semiconductor test products is available at www.agilent.com/see/atenews.

About Beijing LHWT Microelectronics Inc.
Beijing LHWT Microelectronics Inc. is a high-tech enterprise, focusing on LSI research and design. The company was founded by seven outstanding and experienced specialists who have studied and worked on LSI in Japan for several years. As one of the ten most promising Medium and Small High-tech enterprises of ZhongGunCun in 2002, LHWT's business is mainly research and development for ASICs and solutions for WLAN and W-CDMA. The company has developed a W-CDMA baseband IC, a W-CDMA air-monitor, an IEEE802.11a baseband IP core, and an IEEE802.11b baseband chip. For more information, please visit the LHWT web site at http://www.lhwt.com.cn.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 32,000 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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