Agilent Unveils Infrared Transceiver for Universal Remote Control

3/2/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced a compact, low-cost infrared (IR) transceiver that enables mobile phones to function as universal IR remote control devices for televisions, VCRs, DVDs and other home appliances. The new transceiver offers a remote control distance of up to seven meters (approximately 23 feet) with an IrDA (Infrared Data Association) link distance of up to 50 cm (approximately 20 inches) and compatibility with Agilent's universal remote control software.

"We were the first and remain the only company that offers mobile phone and PDA manufacturers one-stop shopping for the combination of IR transceivers and remote control application software," said Kee Hane Ngoh, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Infrared Products Division. "Now we are offering a lower-cost, smaller infrared transceiver solution customized for next-generation mobile phone and PDA designs."

Two versions of the Agilent HSDL-3005 IR transceiver are available: front view (optics are in the top of the package for IR transmission/reception via the front or back of a handheld device) and side view (optics are on the side of the package for IR transmission/reception via the edge of a handheld device). The front view package is 8.0 mm wide x 2.5 mm high x 3.0 mm long, and the side-view version is 7.50 mm x 2.80 mm x 3.35 mm.

The HSDL-3005 has a flexible programming mode to enable easy software programming. Agilent's complementary HSDL-S300 application software is a universal remote control program with a predefined remote control database and a self-teach/learn mode. The software incorporates profiles for TV, DVD, VCR, air conditioning, CD, audio, LD/VCD (laser disk/video compact disk) and other home appliances. Each profile can have up to 10 sets of device controls, thus 80 home appliance devices can be stored (8 profiles x 10 devices). Each device can have up to 32 buttons/functions, which can be controlled via either the mobile phone's or PDA's touch screen or keypad buttons.

The Agilent HSDL-3005 IR transceiver achieves its low cost and compact size through the use of a single, high-power 883 nm wavelength LED for IrDA and remote control operation, rather than providing a separate 875 nm emitter for IrDA and 940 nm emitter for remote control.

The HSDL-3005 IR transceiver is compliant with IrDA Physical Layer version 1.4 low-power standards and operates at SIR data rates from 9.6 kb/s to 115.2 kb/s. Its combination of very low idle current of less than 100 microamps and shutdown current of 10 nA (both typical) helps extend battery life in mobile devices. The device also provides LED stuck-high protection and is capable of operating with power sources ranging from 2.4 V to 3.6 V. All Agilent IR transceivers are IEC 825-Class 1 compliant.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent HSDL-3005 IrDA/remote control transceiver is priced at less than $1.50 each in moderate volumes. It is available now through Agilent's direct sales channel and worldwide distribution partners. Further information about Agilent's infrared products and applications software 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 28,000 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

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