6/25/2002 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that it has shipped its 75 millionth optical mouse sensor since release of the industry's first optical mouse sensor in the fall of 1999. Agilent pioneered optical sensing for mouse technology and supplies these sensors to all mouse manufacturers worldwide.
Today, optical mice range from inexpensive basic units to high-precision versions with scroll wheels and up to five programmable function buttons. There also are miniature mice that are perfect for use with laptop computers and cordless optical mice that use power-saving technology for long battery life. Optical mice are even making inroads with the precision-demanding gaming enthusiast crowd. For example, Logitech's popular MouseMan Dual Optical mouse uses two Agilent sensors to achieve greater accuracy and precision across a wider variety of surfaces, especially during rapid mouse movements.
Agilent offers sensors ranging from very-low-cost 400 count per inch for entry-level mice to sensors providing up to 800 count-per-inch resolution, and speeds up to 14 inches per second with automatic power conservation -- perfect for maximum-precision corded or cordless mice. In conjunction with Cypress Semiconductor, Agilent offers a combination universal serial bus and PS/2 reference design based on the Cypress CY7C63723 enCoRe (enhanced component reduction) USB microcontroller.
"Consumers and OEMs are switching to optical mice at a rapid rate as demonstrated by Agilent's accelerated shipments of sensors," said Jason Hartlove, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Sensor Solutions Division. "Agilent's family of low-cost and high-performance optical mouse sensors is satisfying a wide range of computer navigation applications, and we have the manufacturing capacity to support the industry's growing appetite for these sensors."
Optical navigation sensor technology works by taking thousands of digital pictures per second with a resolution of up to 800 counts per inch (CPI) to determine the movement of the on-screen cursor. Optical mice eliminate the need for a mouse pad and offer more precise pointing and movement than mechanical mice. And because optical mice have no ball or cavity, no cleaning is necessary, making them more reliable and longer lasting. The elimination of the track ball also eliminates a possible choking hazard for small children.
More information about Agilent's optical mouse sensors is available at www.agilent.com/view/opticalnavigation
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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. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com
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