High Frequency Technology at Agilent

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Friday, February 10, Giedt Hall 1003, 12:10pm-1:00pm

Speaker: Dr. Daniel Thomasson
Director, Agilent High Frequency Technology Center (HFTC)

Host: Professor Anh-Vu Pham


Todayís information rich and highly interconnected world relies on increasingly advanced electronic devices. From networked-warfare to smart phone proliferation, the pace of electronic advances is accelerating and applications are increasingly dependent on high frequency technologies. Because measurement tools must stay ahead of the devices they test, the demands on high frequency components in test and measurement equipment have surged. This talk will provide an overview of high frequency technologies at Agilent, the worldís leading test and measurement company. Topics will include the basic operation of microwave measurement instruments, the corresponding drivers for advanced semiconductor technology, and the types of advanced microwave processes and circuits developed at Agilentís High Frequency Technology Center (HFTC) in Santa Rosa, California.


Daniel Thomasson is the Director of Agilentís High Frequency Technology Center (HFTC) in Santa Rosa, California. He leads the invention, development, manufacturing and sale of high frequency semiconductor integrated circuit process technologies and products. HFTC MMICs enable world-leading performance in Agilentís electronic measurement products. Dan joined the company in 1998. He has held a number of semiconductor-related technical and management positions in Manufacturing and R&D, and has led HFTC since 2006. He holds a PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University, and a BS in Engineering-Physics from Ohio State University.