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Avago Technologies Introduces Ultra-Thin, Ultra-Low-Noise Amplifier Module for Thinner, More-Compact GPS-Equipped Handsets.

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Selecting the right highway exit or finding a pizza parlor will become increasingly convenient as new mobile phones begin appearing this fall using Avago Technologies' ultra-thin, low-noise amplifier The low noise amplifier (LNA) is a special type of electronic amplifier or amplifier used in communication systems to amplify very weak signals captured by an antenna. It is often located very close to the antenna.  with GPS capabilities. The world's largest privately held semiconductor company today announced a low-cost solution for handsets that improves Global Positioning System Global Positioning System: see navigation satellite.
Global Positioning System (GPS)

Precise satellite-based navigation and location system originally developed for U.S. military use.
 receiver sensitivity to assure reliable satellite location of mobile phones. GPS shipment forecasts are expected to grow more than 30 percent between 2006 and 2007, according to ABI Abi (ā`bī) [short for Abijah], in the Bible, King Hezekiah's mother.

(Application Binary Interface) A specification for a specific hardware platform combined with the operating system.

Avago's MGA-635T6 low-noise amplifier (LNA LNA Low-Noise Amplifier
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) module is designed for handsets for carriers offering location-based services, and for meeting the U.S. FCC (1) (Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC, The U.S. government agency that regulates interstate and international communications including wire, cable, radio, TV and satellite. The FCC was created under the U.S.  (Federal Communications Commission Federal Communications Commission (FCC), independent executive agency of the U.S. government established in 1934 to regulate interstate and foreign communications in the public interest. ) Wireless Enhanced 911 (E911) mandate for handsets. The device also offers size and performance benefits throughout today's growing range of portable and mobile GPS-based applications such as navigation, mobile resource management and vehicle tracking.

"This ultra-thin product will help our customers further reduce the size of the radio-frequency portion of almost any portable or mobile GPS-equipped product," said King-Pieng Ho, worldwide marketing manager for Avago Technologies' Wireless Semiconductor Division. "Although smaller and thinner, it still offers better performance than, and is extremely cost-competitive with other GPS and ISM-band LNAs on the market."

Features of the MGA-635T6

--Industry's lowest noise figure combined with operation as low as 1 V and with other battery-conserving features

--0.4-mm thickness of the UTSLP (ultra-thin system level package) allows the LNA to be incorporated into hybrid module assemblies, including LTCC LTCC Lake Tahoe Community College
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 (low temperature co-fired ceramic) modules that often require components with a thickness of 0.6-mm or less. Reduces manufacturing costs without sacrificing performance and takes up less space on a handset's printed circuit board.

--0.86 dB noise figure at 1.575 GHz frequency range, 14.6 dB gain, 2.5 dBm output power (1 dB gain compression), and wide dynamic range, with an input third-order intercept point of +3.5 dBm (all typical). The module operates over a 1.0 V to 3.3 V range, with an operating current as low as 4.5 mA at 1 volt, and a total shutdown current of approximately 0.1 microamperes (uA).

The LNA uses Avago's proprietary GaAs enhancement-mode pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor (E-pHEMT) process to achieve high-gain operation with very low noise figures and high linearity. Its CMOS-compatible shutdown pin can also provide variable bias to the amplifier.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The MGA-635T6 Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC (Monolithic Microwave IC) An integrated circuit used in high-frequency applications such as mobile phones. Also known as "monolithic microwave/millimeter-wave IC," MMICs combine transistors and passive devices (resistors, capacitors, etc. ) LNA module is priced at $0.46 each in 21,000 to 54,000 piece quantities. Samples and demo boards are immediately available with production quantities anticipated by the end of June.

Avago will debut these products in booth # 2633 at the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, New York, A membership organization that includes engineers, scientists and students in electronics and allied fields.  MTT-S MTT-S Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (IEEE)  International Microwave Symposium from June 13-15 in San Francisco at the Moscone Center.

About Avago's RF/Microwave Solutions

With three decades of RF and microwave design and manufacturing experience, Avago Technologies helps its customers meet the most demanding technical specifications and pass the most difficult regulatory tests around the world. Avago's RF/microwave components target handset, base station and wireless LAN/WAN LAN/WAN Local Area Network/Wide Area Network  applications and offer numerous benefits, including small packages, excellent power efficiency and industry-leading performance specifications. More information is available at

About Avago Technologies

Avago Technologies is the world's largest privately held semiconductor company, with 6,500 employees and net revenue of $1.8 billion in fiscal 2005. Avago provides an extensive range of analog, mixed-signal and optoelectronic components and subsystems to more than 40,000 customers worldwide. The company serves three primary product categories comprising optoelectronics, RF/microwave components and enterprise ASICs, and is recognized for providing innovative, high-quality products along with strong customer service and the industry's best on-time delivery. Avago's heritage of technical innovation dates back 40 years to its Agilent/Hewlett-Packard roots. Information about Avago is available on the Web at

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