Agilent Enables Wireless Point-of-Sale Devices with Infrared Adapters

4/14/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced a series of smart dongle IrDA (Infrared Data Association) serial adapters that can be easily attached to millions of point-of-sale devices that lack infrared (IR) connectivity. Other digital devices that stand to benefit from IR connectivity include vending machines, bank ATMs, printers, car navigation systems and blood pressure monitors. The added IrDA functionality will allow users of IR-equipped mobile phones and PDAs to conduct financial transactions and more easily share data between devices.

The HSDL-D100 family of smart dongles, from Agilent's Semiconductor Products Group, is a comprehensive hardware and software platform that supports a wide range of customizable IrDA applications. These include point-and-pay IrFM financial payment services, picture and music file transfers between mobile devices, and kiosk data distribution to mobile devices. The platform complies with the IrDA SIR specification and supports data rates from 9.6 kb/s to 115.2 kb/s.

"Our smart dongle provides an easy, cost-effective upgrade for already installed equipment without IrDA functionality," said Kee Hane Ngoh, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Infrared Products Division. "These upgrades are critical for the widespread adoption of IrDA-based transactions."

Available as printed circuit board assemblies or as a complete, packaged dongle, Agilent's IrDA smart dongle solution provides a simple-to-use bridge for adding IrDA infrared communications capabilities to digital devices and applications. Simple plug-and-play connectivity makes the devices easy to integrate with minimum development resources.

Agilent's Smart Dongle Family
The HSDL-D100-001 smart dongle is an entry-level solution designed for simple file-transfer applications. It comes with two memory options: 2 kb RAM with 32 kb flash memory as a standard, and 4 kb RAM with 64 kb flash as optional.

The HSDL-D100-002 and HSDL-D110-002 smart dongles have greater computing power and memory resources for more complex applications and greater operational flexibility. These devices feature a default 256 kb flash memory and 32 kb program memory on-chip as a standard, with optional 512 kb flash memory and 32KB on-chip RAM.

The HSDL-D100-001 and HSDL-D100-002 are printed circuit subassemblies with dimensions of 20 mm x 20 mm and 46 mm x 65 mm, respectively. The HSDL-D110-002 is a complete unit in an attractive case.

Agilent IrDA smart dongles are microcontroller-based standalone systems, complete with an embedded IrDA protocol stack. Supporting application programs such as the IrFM Profile, OBEX Server and OBEX Client are available upon request.

The smart dongles handle IrDA communication transparently without the need for constant host supervision. Smart dongles are connected to host terminals using a three-wire null-modem serial RS-232 interface, which is used for transferring data, command and control, and firmware updating. Agilent smart dongles offer an optional, easy-to-use Smart Dongle Flash Utility that facilitates on-the-fly firmware updating from a PC running Microsoft(r) Windows(r) 2000/NT/XP.

Pricing and Availability
Agilent's IrDA smart dongles are priced from $15.00 to $38.00 each in moderate volumes. They are 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's Mobile Appliance Solutions
Agilent is a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for today's highly integrated, feature-rich mobile handsets. In addition to infrared transceivers for transmitting data, Agilent provides CMOS imaging solutions that enable camera phones, FBAR filters and E-pHEMT power amplifiers that help shrink handset size and save battery life, surface mount LEDs that provide backlighting styling options, and ambient light 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 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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