200 Million Mice Click with Agilent Optical Mouse Sensors

11/26/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that it has shipped its 200 millionth optical mouse sensor since the release of its first navigation sensor in 1999. Agilent pioneered optical sensing for mouse technology and supplies these sensors to all major optical mouse manufacturers worldwide.

"Since their introduction, optical mice powered by Agilent's optical sensing technology have established themselves as the standard in computer input devices," said Jason Hartlove, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Sensor Solutions Division. "With PC users demanding smoother, faster and more precise mouse control over a variety of surfaces, the traditional mechanical-ball mouse is rapidly being replaced by optical mice. OEM bundling and retail sales of optical mice continue to grow, and we've scaled our high-volume manufacturing capability to support this ongoing strong demand."

Today, optical mice range from inexpensive entry-level models to high-precision dual-sensor versions, with scroll wheels and multiple 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. Agilent offers sensors ranging from low-cost 400 count-per-inch (CPI) resolutions for entry-level mice to sensors providing up to 800 CPI resolutions, and at speeds of up to 40 inches per second with automatic power conservation -- perfect for maximum-precision corded or cordless mice.

Optical navigation sensor technology works on virtually all surfaces by taking thousands of digital pictures per second with a resolution of up to 800 CPI. The operation of the navigation sensor begins when the user moves the mouse. The optical mouse illuminates the work surface with an LED to reveal a microscopic pattern of highlights and shadows. These patterns are reflected onto the mouse's navigation sensor, which takes thousands of pictures per second. The pictures are processed to determine the mouse's direction and distance of movement. The computer then accesses the motion information, directing the precise position of the computer's 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. More information about Agilent's optical mouse sensors is available at www.agilent.com/view/opticalnavigation

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 29,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6.1 billion in fiscal year 2003. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.

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