Agilent Technologies offers flexible purchasing options for its primary frequency standard

12/18/2002 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced flexible purchasing options for its 5071A primary frequency standard. The options will allow customers to tailor precision timing systems to their needs and lower their cost of ownership. Users of the high-performance Agilent cesium beam tube also benefit from a new, extended five-year warranty.

The Agilent 5071A primary frequency standard is now available with an optional simplified front panel that includes attention and continuous operation LEDs, and two BNC connectors for the 1PPS and SYNC signals. Laboratory and field application users can cut their costs by purchasing the 5071A primary frequency standard without internal standby batteries.

In addition, the Agilent 5071A is now sold at one price that includes the choice of either Agilent's high-performance or long-life standard cesium beam tube. The Agilent high-performance cesium beam tube has been redesigned to provide a longer life and has a new five-year warranty.

"Since Agilent pioneered the cesium standard more than 35 years ago, we have been a leading developer of precision timing tools," said Bob Burns, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Precision Motion and Time Group. "As a result of our continuing advances in cesium technology, we can now offer the high-performance cesium beam tube with almost 50 percent longer operating life. Extensive cost reduction programs in manufacturing allow us to offer the same high-quality products at lower prices. We are proud of our tradition of providing high-performance frequency standards to meet the increasing demands of today's discriminating customers."

Additional information on Agilent's frequency and time standards products is available at

About the Agilent 5071A Primary Frequency Standard
The Agilent 5071A primary frequency standard is a precision timing tool that provides accuracy, stability, reliability and ease-of-use for the most demanding laboratory and field applications. Precision timing equipment is essential to ensuring consistent data rates and stable frequency generation for telecommunications, satellite communications, GPS systems, and metrology and calibration labs.

The 5071A continuously monitors changing environmental conditions to optimize operating parameters and provides long-term stability. As a result, the 5071A offers the first cesium standard to specify its stability for averaging times longer than a day. The 5071A also features a simple, automatic startup that requires no adjustments. Users can operate and maintain the instrument from virtually any location.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent 5071A primary frequency standard is currently available at prices ranging from $45,332 to $48,662, which includes either the high-performance cesium beam tube with a five-year warranty or the standard cesium beam tube with a 10-year warranty.

When sold separately, the Agilent 10891A high-performance cesium beam tube is priced at $20,497, and the 10890A standard cesium beam tube is priced at $18,497.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 36,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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