Agere Systems Inc. was an integrated circuit components company based in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Spun out of Lucent Technologies in 2002, Agere was merged into LSI Corporation in 2007.
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.
Apart from the main office in Allentown, the company maintained also offices in:
- Reading, Pennsylvania: The "Reading Works" facility, formerly Lucent/AT&T and Bell Labs. Closed in 2002.
- Dallas, Texas: Agere Optoelectronics South (OES), formerly Hermann Technologies. Acquired 2000, closed 2002.
- Whitefield, India: located in the city of Bangalore, which is involved in ASIC design and software development.
- Raanana, Israel: This office was based on Modem-Art, a developer of advanced processor technology for 3G/UMTS mobile devices, which Agere has acquired in 2005.
- China: Shanghai and Shenzhen.
- Nieuwegein, Netherlands: This former NCR / AT&T / Lucent Technologies division known under the name WCND (Wireless Communication Network Division) was active in the development of Wi-Fi-technology and closed December 2004.