Power to the handset

Agilent is to acquire Wavics, a Korean-based designer and manufacturer of power amplifier modules for the mobile handset market, for an undiscosed sum.

Agilent Technologies is to acquire Wavics, a Korean-based designer and manufacturer of power amplifier modules for the mobile handset market.

Wavics’s patented ‘CoolPAM’ power amplifier technology reduces battery power consumption and allows 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 front-end modules. This will offer handset manufacturers a significant reduction in printed circuit board space.

The acquisition is subject to closing conditions, and financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Wavics, founded in 2000 and privately held, operates from two locations in Korea, one in Seoul and one in Ansan.

Wavics employs approximately 55 people, who will continue to work for the company.