Taiwan Awards Agilent Grant for Communications Product Research

6/19/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) received a government grant from the Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) to spur communications product research and development through an initiative called the Agilent Integrated Platform Service Project. The Agilent project helps Taiwan-based business ventures cooperate with international companies to either bring state-of-the-art technologies to communication product design R&D houses within Taiwan or co-develop technologies with foreign consulting teams.

The project is one part of the Taiwan MOEA SiSoft initiative, which defines an RF system-on-chip (SOC) design and verification platform and provides consulting services to benefit the nation's communications product design industries. The Agilent initiative outlines a service architecture customized for Taiwan's RF SOC design industry, an RF SOC design flow, and a training program for Taiwan's RF SOC personnel.

"Taiwan has a well-established manufacturing industry and we plan to use this base strength to extend our capabilities in communication system design," said Dr. Jung-Chiou Huang, general director, Department of Industrial Technology, MOEA. "We are very pleased to support this initiative with the proper funding, and to have Agilent's EDA platform for RF SOC design as we move ahead with our high-technology economic development agenda."

The platform consists of Agilent's Advanced Design System (ADS) and RF Design Environment (RFDE) -- both highly integrated electronic design automation (EDA) and simulation environments -- and the Agilent 93000 SOC Series test system. Combined, they constitute the recommended, integrated toolset for communications products and RF SOC design.

"We plan to establish a global SOC design and service center in Taiwan and encourage leading international companies to participate in this program," said Dr. Ching-Yen Tsai, Minister of State for the Executive Yuan.

"We recognize the mutual benefit of having Agilent, a company that specializes in communication product design, join us as we build up our SOC design infrastructure," said Dr. Chun-Yen Chang, president of National Chiao Tung University.

"Agilent is committed to supporting the SiSoft initiative by providing the best available design platform to Taiwanese business ventures," said Wayne Chan, vice president and general manager, Agilent Greater China. "We continue to support our customers by providing integrated EDA products and services that will help increase Taiwan's competitive presence in SOC research and development, and complement an already well-established semiconductor manufacturing industry."

More information on Agilent's ADS and RFDE EDA products is available at www.agilent.com/find/eesof. More information about the Agilent 93000 SOC Series is available at www.agilent.com/see/soctest.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 32,000 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 www.agilent.com.

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