Agilent Technologies Successfully Aquires Pixel Devices International

2/10/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced the successful completion of its acquisition of the intellectual property and certain other assets of Pixel Devices International Inc. (PDI), a developer of complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor technology. Agilent and PDI had announced an acquisition agreement on Jan. 31, 2003. Financial details were not disclosed.

Key PDI employees, including CMOS imaging pioneer Boyd Fowler, PDI's chief technical officer, are now part of Agilent's Semiconductor Products Group in San Jose, Calif.

PDI's focus has been on ultra low-noise CMOS image sensors for industrial and biomedical systems. Their "active reset" technology can reduce noise by one or two orders of magnitude compared to traditional CMOS pixel technologies, enabling low-light imaging for embedded cell phone cameras or for high-speed industrial and biomedical camera applications.

Agilent, the world's leading provider of CMOS image sensors, plans to use PDI's low-noise technology to enhance low-light imaging capability. Agilent is currently developing miniature camera modules to be embedded in wireless handsets.

About Pixel Devices International
Pixel Devices International designs and manufactures high-speed, low-noise image sensors and cameras. The sensors have very high sensitivity and are designed for high-speed, low-light level imaging.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 35,000 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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