Thales to Incorporate Agilent Technologies Advanced Design System into its Global Microwave Product Design

10/22/2002 - Agilent Technologies announced that Thales, a global electronics company serving aerospace, defense and information technology markets, plans to incorporate Agilent Technologies Advanced Design System (ADS) software tools into the design process of Thales' next-generation defense and communication products. Thales chose Agilent's line of electronic design products because of the ability of ADS to shorten design time and improve performance of complex electronic systems.

Thales plans to integrate both the Agilent ADS platform and the ICCAP (Integrated Circuit Characterization and Analysis Program) modeling software into its products, and designs of Thales' high-frequency systems, Microwave PC boards and MMICs are expected to become standardized on Agilent electronic design tools worldwide.

"Our relationship with Agilent is a key element in our long-term strategy to reduce costs while increasing performance of our products," said Yves Boccon-Gibod, hardware engineering manager at Thales. "For example, we expect that a new ADS methodology for microwave passive components, jointly developed with Agilent, will dramatically reduce our design time."

Agilent and Thales have worked together to reduce time-to-market in next-generation high-frequency products. Today's announcement enables Thales' engineers to have access to a common set of world-class communication design tools and services through the hardware development platform ATDM (Atelier Thales de Dévelopement Matériel) and the microwave development platform ATDH (Atelier Thales de Dévelopement Hypefréquence).

"The relationship between Agilent and Thales began more than 15 years ago with the introduction of the Microwave Design System," said Jim McGillivary, vice president and general manager for Agilent EEsof EDA. "We look forward to continuing our relationship with the incorporation of the ADS platform into the design of Thales' next-generation products."

About Thales
Thales is a world leader and front-runner in professional electronics in three key markets: Aerospace, Defense and Information Technology & Services. The group employs 65,000 people in nearly 50 countries worldwide, and generated revenues of 10.3 billion euros in 2001, 75% of which came from international sales.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 37,000 employees serve customers in more than 120 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $8.4 billion in fiscal year 2001.

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