1/27/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced the industry's smallest film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR) duplexer for handsets, data cards and other wireless products operating in the U.S. PCS (personal communications service) frequency band. The ACMD-7401 FBAR duplexer is 66 percent smaller than Agilent's first-generation HPMD-7904 FBAR duplexer, which is currently shipping in more than 80 percent of new CDMA handsets designed for the U.S. PCS market.
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. The ultra-thin ACMD-7401 FBAR duplexer makes it possible to design even slimmer mobile phones, and the tiny footprint allows for additional handset features such as a camera module, GPS locator and Bluetooth connectivity.
The ACMD-7401 is the first duplexer built with Agilent's innovative Microcap bonded-wafer chip scale packaging technology. This process allows the ultra-small filters to be assembled in a molded-chip-on-board (MCOB) module that is less than 1.4 mm high with a 5 mm x 5 mm footprint, less than one-tenth the volume of competing ceramic devices. These dimensions also enable miniature RF modules with increased functionality to be embedded into other portable consumer appliances. Agilent also today introduced a new, smaller FBAR full-band transmit filter (ACPF-7002) that incorporates Microcap technology.(1)
"The FBAR's size and performance advantage has already resulted in more than 20 million units shipped, and our new, smaller duplexer builds on the success of our first-generation product," said Bryan Ingram, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Wireless Semiconductor Division. "Unlike some competing small package size devices, Agilent's new FBAR products offer the same high-performance specifications as our previous family."
In addition to its ultra-thin size, the ACMD-7401 FBAR duplexer offers low TX insertion loss and excellent rejection that enhances sensitivity while optimizing battery life:
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The ACMD-7401 is priced at $2.45 each in 100,000-piece quantities. Samples and production quantities are available now. Agilent plans to make the duplexer available through its distribution partners in the first half of 2004.
Further information on Agilent's RF semiconductor products is available at www.agilent.com/view/rf
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 29,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6.1 billion in fiscal year 2003. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com
(1) Further information is available at www.agilent.com/about/newsroom/presrel/2004/26jan2004a.html
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