Exar Selects Agilent 93000 SOC for Testing Semiconductor Devices

11/15/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that Exar Corp. (Nasdaq: Exar), a leading provider of high-performance, mixed-signal silicon solutions for the communications infrastructure, has purchased the Agilent 93000 SOC Series for testing its high-speed communication semiconductor devices. The Agilent 93000 SOC Series' scalable architecture, flexibility and high performance enable Exar to test its products at gigabit speeds, maximizing its test equipment investment. Exar's communication integrated circuits are used in access, metro and wide area networks.

The Agilent 93000 SOC Series high-speed test platform architecture enables Exar to scale to future performance needs and provides a long-term test solution for its product roadmap. In addition, the wide installed base of the Agilent 93000 among semiconductor contract manufacturers gives Exar the flexibility to outsource production test of its products if necessary.

"Our selection of the Agilent 93000 SOC Series was based on its high-speed testing capabilities and long-term architecture roadmap that is scalable to meet the changing needs of our customers," said Steve Michael, Exar's vice president of Operations and Reliability & Quality Assurance. "High performance combined with the industry's lowest cost per pin make the 93000 SOC Series an optimal investment for testing our advanced communication devices."

"We're delighted to be working with Exar to help them meet their high-speed testing needs," said Tom Newsom, vice president and general manager of Agilent's SOC Business Unit. "Agilent's single, scalable platform architecture enables customers to keep pace with changing test needs based on device performance while protecting their existing investment in test equipment."

Further information about Agilent's semiconductor test products is available at www.agilent.com/see/atenews.

About the Agilent 93000 SOC Series
The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is the industry's fastest-growing, lowest-cost single, scalable platform architecture with more than 800 installed systems worldwide. The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is designed to meet both the demanding performance and cost challenges of SOC testing. Models are configured to span the widest range of applications that may require ultra-high-speed digital data rates, up to 10 Gb/s, and the broadest range of mixed-signal and RF capabilities. With this range of capabilities, the 93000 SOC Series is the first choice for subcontract manufacturers and the preference for high-volume manufacturing. More information is available at www.agilent.com/see/soctest.

More information about Agilent's semiconductor test products is available at www.agilent.com/see/atenews.

About Exar
Exar Corporation (NASDAQ: EXAR) designs, develops and markets high-performance, analog and mixed-signal silicon solutions for the worldwide communications infrastructure. Leveraging its industry-proven analog design expertise, system-level knowledge and standard CMOS process technologies, the Company provides OEMs innovative, highly-integrated ICs that facilitate the transport and aggregation of signals in access, metro and wide area networks. The Company's physical layer silicon solutions address transmission standards such as T/E carrier, ATM and SONET. The Company also provides one of the industry's most comprehensive family of serial communications solutions. Within this product offering, the low voltage and multi-channel universal asynchronous receiver transmitters are particularly well suited to support high data rate and increasing data transfer efficiency requirements for various industrial, telecom and computer server applications. In addition, the Company offers a portfolio of clock generation and clock distribution devices for a wide range of communications systems. The Company is based in Fremont, Calif., had fiscal 2004 revenues of $67.2 million, and employs approximately 265 people worldwide. For more information about the Company visit: www.exar.com.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 28,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6.1 billion in fiscal year 2003. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.

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