Agilent's Test and Inspection Solutions Win PCB Product Line Award

5/16/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that it has received Frost & Sullivan's 2003 Product Line Award for its industry-leading line of test and inspection solutions for printed circuit board assembly. Agilent's test and inspection solutions for solder paste inspection, automated optical inspection, automatic X-ray test, in-circuit test and functional test enable printed circuit board manufacturers to maximize fault coverage and increase reliability in devices ranging from consumer electronics to industrial electronic systems.

"With the Frost and Sullivan calculated market share between 13.5 percent and 14.5 percent of the total SMT inspection equipment market, Agilent is the leading supplier in the SMT inspection equipment," said Raman Monga, Frost & Sullivan industry analyst. "Solutions by Agilent address limited access test, in-system programming, Bluetooth and wireless networking, fixturing, and lead-free processes. Agilent maintains a technology edge over its competitors by consistently investing resources in research and development to anticipate and fulfill the future needs of the SMT industry."

In addition to the product line award, Frost & Sullivan's Surface Mount Technology (SMT) and Electronic Components group has awarded its Product of the Year award for 2003 to the Agilent 5DX Series 5000 Automated X-ray Inspection (AXI) system. The 5DX -- system can detect up to 90 percent of all physical manufacturing defects quickly and precisely. Measurements taken by the 5DX provide extensive defect and process control data, enabling test engineers to efficiently and economically fix defects and make changes to avoid producing additional defects.

"Agilent is pleased to receive these two honors from Frost & Sullivan. Our innovative manufacturing test solutions address the industry's primary challenge of lowering the overall cost of test in printed-circuit boards," said David Kent, acting vice president and general manager of Agilent's Manufacturing Test Business Unit Agilent Technologies. "These awards are the latest in a series of industry endorsements for Agilent's winning products in the electronics manufacturing industry."

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About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. 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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