Agilent Technologies to acquire Sirius Communications

Agilent Technologies has signed an agreement to acquire all of the issued share capital of Sirius Communications NV, a developer of CDMA ASICs for the 3G market.

Agilent Technologies has signed an agreement to acquire all of the issued share capital of Sirius Communications NV, a developer of CDMA application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for the 3G wireless and satellite communications market. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Sirius, founded in 1996, is a privately held fabless semiconductor company with headquarters near Brussels, Belgium. Adding Sirius’ solutions is expected to give Agilent a set of 3G solutions for wireless, hybrid personal digital assistant (PDA) and mobile information appliance manufacturers.

The acquisition of the issued share capital of Sirius, which currently has 19 employees, will provide Agilent with engineering talent and intellectual property, including several patents. The company focuses on developing CDMA and GPS IP physical modem layer silicon solutions, peripherals and development tools. It designs software-programmable telecom chips for use in cellular, non-cellular and satellite communications.

‘Our plan is to integrate Sirius’ technology with Agilent’s existing data processing capability, and then combine it with our RF integrated circuits to form a complete wireless PDA solution,’ said Steve Hoffmann, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Imaging Electronics Division. ‘We also plan to merge Agilent’s CMOS digital camera sensors, optical navigation sensors and infrared transceivers to deliver a whole new generation of mobile information appliances.’

Agilent’s plans for Sirius expansion of its present role into a design centre dedicated to creating key components for telecommunications devices and networks.

Sirius will become part of Agilent’s Semiconductor Products Group.