Agilent Adds Absolute Encoder Technology to Motion Control Family

3/14/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) has acquired exclusive rights to absolute encoder technology from Optolab Microsystems AG, a supplier of optoelectronic solutions based in Erfurt, Germany. Agilent is the world leader in motion control products, which include absolute encoders. Agilent expects to introduce new encoders for use in industrial automation applications based on this technology later this year.

The technology is designed to produce the world's smallest, high-speed absolute encoder capable of resolutions ranging from 12 bits to 16 bits. This technology complements Agilent's own absolute encoders, introduced in 2002, which offer 8-bit and 10-bit resolutions.

"We expect the technology from Optolab to combine with our previously announced products to create the strongest line of absolute encoders in the industry," said Azhar Amin, worldwide marketing manager for Agilent's Motion Control Products Division. "This is good news for our industrial automation customers as we continue to develop our industry-leading motion control products."

"We are very pleased to align with the leader in the motion control market," said Heinz G. Franz, CEO for Optolab. "We expect that industrial automation customers will react favorably to the combination of our technology and Agilent's record of outstanding quality and supply chain management."

About Optolab Microsystems
Optolab Microsystems AG is a sensor and systems design and manufacturing company based in Erfurt, Germany. Information about Optolab Microsystems AG is available at

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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