Agilent Technologies' Test Solutions Shown at SEMICON China

3/14/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) will demonstrate a variety of semiconductor test systems that balance price with performance, creating valuable test solutions for China's burgeoning semiconductor industry.

Agilent will demonstrate its test solutions in SOC test, wafer sort, and smart card IC test. CPU test will be demonstrated on the Agilent 93000 C400e-model using China's first low-power, 400MHz, 32-bit CPU, the Arca II. In addition, the Agilent 4072B parametric tester will demonstrate its ability to test packaged devices. The company will also demonstrate the Agilent Versatest Model V3300, showcasing the platform's low-cost solution for contactless smart card ICs using CIDC's (China Integrated Circuit Design Centre) new contactless smart card IC.

Asia represents a significant growth opportunity for semiconductor manufacturing, with China accounting for the largest portion of the Asian market. Agilent began cultivating the Chinese semiconductor market more than 10 years ago and is now recognized as a valuable partner to China's developing high tech industries.

"With appreciation and recognition of Agilent's contributions toward accelerating technical development of China semiconductor industries, I look forward to Agilent's business expansion and continued collaboration with domestic partners," said Liu Zhihua, senior economist, vice mayor of The People's Government of Beijing Municipality, and office director of the Leading Group for the Construction of Zhongguancun Science Park. "With Agilent's professional testing support, I am confident that we will elevate integrated circuit design and volume production quality in China, as well as shorten time to market for our country's new semiconductor products."

Agilent's portfolio of test platforms offers the most dynamic solutions for the emerging test needs of China's semiconductor industry. The scalability of Agilent's test platforms enables a variety of performance configurations featuring different capabilities and prices, in addition to easy upgrades for future test needs. The broad application coverage of Agilent's test systems further reduces capital expense by testing different devices on the same platform. In addition to supporting the region's vigorous business growth, Agilent also opened the Shanghai Application Development Center in July 2002 to advance software development, as well as facilitate the continued education of local professionals in the semiconductor arena.

"The Chinese semiconductor industry is growing rapidly, and Agilent is riding that wave of growth with new test solutions designed to provide a high degree of value to our Chinese customers," said David Huang, vice president and Global SubContract Manufacturing general manager, Agilent Technologies. "Our installed base in Chinese semiconductor companies is proof that we're delivering to meet the needs of this growth market. We'll continue to work closely with our customers in China to support their test projects and enhance the performance of their Agilent test systems to help ensure fast time to market and low cost of test."

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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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