6/10/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced a series of millimeter-wave integrated circuits in an innovative 5 mm x 5 mm low-cost, surface-mount package compatible with automated assembly techniques. These packaged parts allow customers to move the entire radio frequency (RF) block diagram to lower-cost, surface-mount manufacturing rather than continue with more costly chip and wire assembly manufacturing that requires complex tuning and assembly processes. Surface-mount packaging offers performance comparable to "bare die" millimeter-wave ICs.
This series of surface-mount millimeter-wave ICs, from Agilent's Semiconductor Products Group, fills virtually all the active RF requirements of point-to-point and point-to-multipoint microwave links. These applications include IEEE 802.16 broadband wireless access and IEEE 802.20 mobile broadband wireless access, wireless local loop (WLL), multipoint microwave distribution system (MMDS, also known as wireless cable), and other cost-sensitive commercial communications systems operating from 6 to 20 GHz.
"Customers are moving toward surface-mount packaging to reduce their system costs," said Philip Gadd, worldwide marketing manager of Agilent's Wireless Semiconductor Division. "This new family of surface-mount millimeter-wave products allows our customers to move the entire block diagram to lower-cost manufacturing with products from a single, reliable vendor."
The AMMP series packaged millimeter-wave IC devices are compatible with high-volume, surface-mount PCB assembly processes, including pick-and-place and reflow soldering. The backside of the surface-mount ceramic package is both RF and DC ground, which helps simplify the assembly process and reduces assembly-related performance variations and costs.
The initial products to be offered include the following:
Samples of the AMMP series packaged millimeter-wave ICs are available now through Agilent's direct sales channel. Production quantities and full availability through Agilent's worldwide distribution partners is expected in the fourth quarter of 2004.
About Agilent's RF/Microwave Solutions
With three decades of RF and microwave design and manufacturing experience, Agilent can help its customers meet the most demanding technical specifications and pass the most difficult regulatory tests around the world. Agilent's RF/microwave components target handset, base station and wireless LAN applications, and offer numerous benefits, including small packages, excellent power efficiency, and industry-leading performance specifications. The company uses its own commercially available EEsof EDA software tools in the design of its products. More information is available at www.agilent.com/view/rf.
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 www.agilent.com.
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