Agilent Technologies Inc. and Lumileds Lighting announced an agreement to collaborate on a new series of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that will target the automotive, mobile phone, and lighting markets, and complement the high-power Luxeon devices offered by Lumileds and the lower-power devices from Agilent. Lumileds will provide high-brightness LED chips and technology; Agilent will contribute design, development and system integration expertise, including its patented manufacturing techniques.

"This agreement is a win for Agilent, for Lumileds and for our customers," said Young Sohn, president of Agilent's Semiconductor Products Group. "Agilent will have access to new applications and customers for our LED line, Lumileds will be the exclusive provider of LED chips for the new series of mid-power products, and our customers will benefit from new products with exciting technology from two LED leaders."

"The industry and customers win with new products that deliver leading technology and performance from Agilent and Lumileds," said Michael C. Holt, CEO of Lumileds Lighting. "The combined Agilent/Lumileds product portfolio will be broader and deeper than previously possible, meeting customers' needs now and into the future."

The first products from the collaboration are expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2004. They will be sold by Agilent, distributed by Future Electronics and use LED chips from Lumileds.

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