PALO ALTO, Calif ., Jan., 24, 2000 Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: A) and Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, have signed an agreement to partner in the development and delivery of production test solutions for Radio Frequency (RF) wireless application specific integrated circuits (ASICs). The alliance covers the delivery of standardized Agilent 84000 RFIC Series test solutions for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies' RF ASICs and assists Qualcomm's test suppliers in reducing their cost of test and cost of ownership.
The alliance will also provide on-site test applications experts and faster test program development tools for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies to improve time to market for RF ASICs. Cost of ownership is lowered by utilizing standard, scalable, test platforms and standard fixturing for both wafer-sort and final device testing.
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies is the leading developer and supplier of CDMA chipsets, hardware and software solutions, and tools. Products include the Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) digital baseband processor, receive (Rx) and transmit (Tx) radio frequency devices, IF/Analog processors and power management devices for CDMA handsets and Cell Site Modem (CSM™) devices for CDMA infrastructure products. The division supplies chipsets to the world's leading CDMA handset and infrastructure manufacturers with more than 65 million MSM chips shipped worldwide.
"Qualcomm was seeking a company that could supply a standard test platform to deliver quality RF ASICs, one that could meet our time-to-market and cost-of-test needs," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Agilent's 84000 Series and their past performance indicate their competence to meet those requirements and represent a firm with whom we are confident we can develop a long-term partnership."
"We are pleased that Qualcomm has chosen Agilent as their RFIC test partner and sees us as an enabler for their vision for wireless communications," said John Scruggs, senior vice president and general manager of Agilent's Automated Test Group. "Our scalable 84000 RFIC platform is widely used by both traditional and fabless companies. Our worldwide semiconductor contract manufacturing team is available to assist in meeting their time-to-market objectives."
Extending the HP Legacy
The Agilent 84000 RFIC Series is keeping pace with emerging market needs, such as 3G wireless, with new signal sources and wider bandwidth measurements. Agilent is building on HP's 60-year legacy of leadership in RF test by providing a wide range of scalable RFIC and MMIC solutions with 2 to 12 RF ports to meet critical market needs. Agilent's current 84000 Series product portfolio includes solutions for complete transceivers, multifunction RFICs, mixers, switches, power amplifiers and low noise amplifiers (LNAs).More information about the Agilent 84000 RFIC Series and Agilent's other semiconductor test solutions can be found on the Web at www.agilent.com/go/semiconductor.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's CDMA digital technology. The Company's business areas include integrated CDMA chipsets and system software; technology licensing; Eudora® email software for Windows® and Macintosh® computing platforms; and satellite-based systems including OmniTRACS® and portions of the Globalstar™ system. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in theS&P500 Index and is a 1999 FORTUNE 500® company traded on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol QCOM.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: A) is a diversified technology company, resulting from HewlettPackard Company's plan to strategically realign itself into two fully independent companies. With 42,000 employees serving customers in more than 120 countries, Agilent Technologies is a global leader in designing and manufacturing test, measurement and monitoring instruments, systems and solutions, and semiconductor and optical components. The company serves markets that include communications, electronics, life sciences and healthcare. The businesses comprising Agilent, a subsidiary of HP, had net revenues of more than $8.3 billion in fiscal year 1999.
Information about Agilent Technologies can be found on the Web at www.agilent.com.
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Photo Caption: Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies; and Steve Fossi, general manager of Agilent's RF Test Division sign strategic alliance for CDMA RFIC production test.
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