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Agere Systems Inc. was an integrated circuit components company based in Allentown, Pennsylvaniamarker, in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvaniamarker, in the United Statesmarker. Effective April 2, 2007, it was merged into LSI Corporation.

Agere was incorporated on August 1, 2000 as a subsidiary of Lucent Technologies and then spun-off on June 1, 2002. The name Agere was that of a Texas-based electronics company that Lucent had acquired in 2000, although the pronunciations of the company names are different. The Texas company was pronounced with three syllables and a hard "g": A-gear-uh. The company name was pronounced with two syllables and a hard "g": A-gear.

The company also maintained an Indiamarker office in Whitefield, Indiamarker, located in the city of Bangaloremarker, which is involved in ASIC design and software development.

The company also maintained an Israelmarker office located in Raananamarker. This office was based on Modem-Art a developer of advanced processor technology for 3G/UMTS mobile devices which Agere has acquired in 2005.

The Chinamarker offices of Agere were located at Shanghai and Shenzhenmarker.

Merger With LSI Logic Corporation

On December 4, 2006, LSI announced that it would acquire Agere by merger in a stock transaction valued at $4 billion. LSI announcement EETimes story.

On March 29, 2007, LSI announced that the shareholder approval has been obtained and that the merger was proceeding.[11060].

On April 2, 2007, LSI announced that the merger has been completed.[11061].

Microsoft sued for alleged theft of IP

Microsoft was sued by Agere for theft of key technology used in Internet telephony.[11062] [11063] [11064] The allegations concern meetings between Agere and Microsoft in 2002 and 2003, where the companies discussed selling Agere's stereophonic acoustic echo cancellation technology to Microsoft. This technology is used to improve the sound of telephone and teleconference communications over the Internet (ie, VOIP). Just before the agreement was to be signed, Microsoft ended the discussions saying that it made a significant breakthrough in its own, heretofore undisclosed research program, and no longer needed Agere's technology.

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