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TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Introduces Highest-Gain, Low-Noise E-pHEMT Amplifier for 0.5 to 6 GHz Wireless Applications


PALO ALTO, CA -- Feb. 7, 2005 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today introduced an E-pHEMT (enhancement-mode pseudomorphic high-electron-mobility transistor) MMIC (monolithic microwave integrated circuit) low-noise amplifier for applications in the 0.5 to 6 GHz frequency range, including WLANs, WiMAX point-to-multipoint systems and cordless phones.

The MGA-665P8, from Agilentís Semiconductor Products Group, is optimized for applications operating in the 5 GHz UNII (unlicensed national information infrastructure) band, such as IEEE 802.11a WLANs. It also offers excellent performance for IEEE 802.11b and 802.11g WLANs operating in the 2.4 GHz license-free ISM (industrial, scientific and medical) band and WiMAX in the 3.5 GHz licensed international frequency range.

The MGA-665P8 is supplied with its output matched to 50 ohms and input partially matched, which helps accelerate the designerís time to market. At 5.25 GHz, the amplifier features a 1.45 dB noise figure combined with 16 dB gain and 18.1 dBm OIP3 (output third-order intercept point). At 2.4 GHz, the amplifier features 1.2 dB NF, 18.4 dB gain and 19 dBm OIP3 (all performance typical at 3 V, 20.5 mA bias). The device has an active power-down function: a 0 to 1V logic low turns the device on; a 2 to 3 V logic high turns the device off. When turned off, the typical current consumption is only 180 microamps to minimize power consumption when the WLAN or other system is in a stand-by condition.

The MGA-665P8 is offered in the compact, industry-standard 2.0 mm x 2.0 mm x 0.75 mm, 8-pad JEDEC DRP-N LPCC (JEDEC Solid State Technology Association) leadless plastic chip carrier for reduced board space. The packageís lead-free backside metalization provides excellent thermal dissipation as well as visual evidence of solder reflow.

Pricing and Availability

The Agilent MGA-665P8 is priced at $1.50 each in 6,399- to 16,699-piece quantities, and is available now through Agilentís direct sales channel and worldwide distribution partners.

About Agilentís RF/Microwave Solutions

With three decades of radio frequency (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. Agilentís 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

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. Agilent had net revenue of $7.2 billion in fiscal year 2004. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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