8/6/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced the industry's lowest power, second-generation medium infrared (MIR) transceiver that supports the IrDA (Infrared Data Association) low power specification for mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and digital cameras.
At 1 nanoampere (nA) typical, the Agilent HSDL-3211 IR transceiver's shutdown current is one-tenth that of comparable IR transceivers. This significant power savings helps prolong battery life in mobile products.
"As mobile device manufacturers add new features to differentiate their products, preserving battery life becomes a major concern," said Kee Hane Ngoh, operations manager of Agilent's Infrared Products Operation. "The lower standby current and lower operating voltage of this IR transceiver satisfies our customers' power requirements, and maintains our leadership in infrared technology."
The transceiver is capable of operating with logic levels as low as 1.8 volts and from power sources ranging from 2.4 volts to 3.6 volts (versus a minimum of 2.7 volts for Agilent's first-generation transceiver). This allows the transceiver to work with today's low-power microprocessor chipsets and ASICs that operate at 1.8 volt or greater signal levels, and in mobile products operating from a single lithium-ion cell.
The HSDL-3211 offers 9.6 kb/s to 1.15 Mb/s MIR data rates and supports infrared financial management (IrFM) and other data transfers with an extended link distance of up to 50 cm. In addition to its industry-leading shutdown current, the device consumes only 400 uA in standby mode. It also features one of the smallest footprints in the industry at 2.5 mm (height) by 8 mm (width) by 3 mm (depth). The transceiver is IEC 825-1 Class 1 Eye Safe.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent HSDL-3211 infrared transceiver is priced under $2.00 each in moderate volumes, and is available through Agilent's direct sales channel and Agilent's worldwide distribution partners. Further information on Agilent's IR transceivers is available at www.agilent.com/view/ir.
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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