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Agilent to acquire power amplifier maker in South Korea

Posted: 24 Jan 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wavics? power amplifier? mobile handset?

Agilent Technologies Inc. and South Korea-based Wavics have entered into an agreement under which Agilent will acquire Wavics, a designer and manufacturer of power amplifier modules for the worldwide mobile handset market. Wavics expects its patented technology to strengthen Agilent's poisition in power amplifiers and front-end modules, and enable customers to design smaller handsets with more features and extended talk time.

Wavics' patented CoolPAM power amplifier technology reduces battery power consumption and allows CDMA and W-CDMA handsets to run cooler. Agilent plans to combine this new power amplifier capability with its miniature FBAR (film bulk acoustic resonator) filters to create higher-performance CDMA and W-CDMA front-end modules to offer handset manufacturers a significant reduction in PCB space.

Wavics, founded in 2000 and privately held, operates two locations in SouthKorea, one in Seoul and one in Ansan. Wavics employs about 55 people, who will continue their employment with the company.

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