7/14/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that it has shipped its 25 millionth embedded camera module for mobile handsets. Agilent is now supplying four million camera modules per month to customers, including four of the top five mobile handset manufacturers worldwide. To satisfy customers' high-volume requirements, Agilent built a secondary supply chain to back up its primary IC fabrication and final assembly facilities.
New camera-enabled mobile applications such as MMS (multimedia messaging), visual caller ID and mobile photo albums have become popular with consumers, making mobile imaging an essential feature for many market segments. Worldwide demand for camera-enabled handsets is expected to be in excess of 170 million units this year.(1)
"This milestone demonstrates strong customer acceptance of our competitive advantage -- excellent image quality, strong supply chain management, and worldwide customer support," said Jason Hartlove, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Sensor Solutions Division. "We intend to build on this momentum with new product innovations and a new family of megapixel camera modules."
Agilent camera modules combine a high image quality CMOS (complimentary metal oxide semiconductor) image sensor with a tightly integrated image processor, an embedded power supply and high-quality lens to offer a complete, fully integrated imaging solution. These miniature modules are available in CIF (352 x 288 pixels) resolution, VGA (480 x 640 pixels) resolution and 1.3-megapixel (1280 x 1024 pixels) resolution, with 2.0-megapixel (1600 x 1200 pixels) resolution in development. The modules are easily designed into mobile phones and wireless PDAs, reducing the manufacturer's time to market. They also incorporate low-power internal voltage regulation for optimum power management. Agilent's camera modules use a proprietary low-noise imaging-optimized IC process and innovative analog circuitry for very high sensitivity pixel designs that enable enhanced low-light performance. This allows great pictures to be taken in low-light situations.
Agilent Mobile Appliance Solutions
Agilent is the market leader in CMOS imaging solutions and a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for today's highly integrated, feature-rich mobile handsets. In addition to camera modules, Agilent provides RF components that help shrink handset size and save battery life, infrared transceivers for remote control and 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.
More information on Agilent's family of mobile appliance semiconductor solutions is available on the Web at www.agilent.com/view/mobile.
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.
(1) Strategy Analytics report, "Megapixels Surge in 2004 Camera Phone Market," March 29, 2004.
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