Agilent Debuts ICs for Cost-sensitive RF, Optical Networking Systems

8/13/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced a new series of millimeter-wave and microwave monolithic integrated circuits (MMICs). The Agilent AMMC product series offer low-cost and superior performance for a wide range of DC to 50 GHz radio frequency (RF) and 10 Gb/s to 40 Gb/s telecomm applications. These devices are fabricated using a 0.15-micron gate length pHEMT (pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor) process, and add to Agilent's existing HMMC series of MMICs.

"These second-generation MMICs are ideally suited for cost-sensitive, high performance RF, optical networking, instrumentation and military systems," said Philip Gadd, worldwide marketing manager of Agilent's Wireless Semiconductor Division. "We've applied our extensive microwave experience to engineer this new, highly competitive family of MMICs. We expect to add several new devices to the family over the coming year."

The Agilent AMMC-5040 was designed specifically for point-to-point microwave systems. It makes an excellent driver amplifier and frequency doubler in 18 GHz, 23 GHz, 28 GHz and 38 GHz applications with its combination of high gain of 25 dB and high output power of +21 dBm linear (P-1dB) at 38 GHz. The AMMC-5023 is a 23 GHz (21.2 to 26.5 GHz) low-noise amplifier, combining high gain of 23 dB with a low 2.3 dB noise figure.

The Agilent AMMC-5026 and AMMC-5024 serve as broadband gain blocks and driver amplifiers for applications ranging from electronic defense to instrumentation and fiber. As driver amplifiers for optical modulators, they operate at up to 10 Gb/s (OC-192), and 40 Gb/s (OC-768), respectively. The AMMC-5026 is a traveling wave amplifier (TWA) designed for medium output power and high gain over the full 2 GHz to 35 GHz frequency range. The design employs a 6-section cascode-connected FET structure to provide flat 10.5 dB gain, 24 dBm power and uniform group delay. The Agilent AMMC-5024 is a TWA operating from 30 kHz to 40 GHz, employing a 9-stage, cascode-connected FET structure that provides 16 dB gain and 22.5 dBm output power.

The Agilent AMMC-2008 is a broadband monolithic SPDT (single pole double throw) switch with low insertion loss and high isolation. This DC to 50 GHz MMIC is designed for a wide range of applications including electronic warfare, instrumentation and commercial systems. One series and two shunt pHEMTs per throw provide 2.0 dB insertion loss and 28 dB isolation at 40 GHz.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent AMMC series pHEMT MMICs are immediately available for volume orders through Agilent sales offices worldwide, and through Agilent's distribution partners. In 500-piece quantities, the pricing of the AMMC-5040 is $28.00, the AMMC-5023 is $22.00, the AMMC-5026 is $43.00, the AMMC-5024 is $100.00, and the AMMC-2008 is $24.00. Further information on Agilent's RF semiconductor products is available at

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

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