Agilent, CEA-Leti, INPG-IMEP Unveil Advanced Communications Test Lab

2/20/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A), the CEA-Leti (a laboratory of the French Atomic Energy Commission), and the INPG (Institut National Polytechnique Grenoble) announced the joint development of a new optical and high-speed communications test and design facility in Grenoble. The PLATEST (platform and test) facility enables startup companies and R&D organizations to develop innovative communications components and subsystems. These companies benefit by leasing the facility rather than purchasing new test and measurement instruments.

This facility is a highly anticipated development within the Minatec Innovation Centre, the largest European research center for micro- and nanotechnologies, now under construction in Grenoble.

"Researchers and early-stage optical companies require the latest technology and reliable equipment to carry out their studies, and Agilent is extremely well positioned to provide them with both," said Alain Bondois, European startup sales program manager for Agilent's Electronic Products and Solutions Group.

The PLATEST facility offers the latest high-data-rate communication test equipment including:

These test solutions provide an upgradeable platform with advanced measurement features to meet the needs of optical component and network equipment manufacturers.

The three organizations plan to develop more innovative tests in advanced communication and training at the Grenoble site. Agilent will co-sponsor a symposium on technology and test techniques and work closely with the PLATEST users to help them acquire test and measurement expertise.

"The Agilent ParBERT with its 13.5 Gb/s modules, frequency agility and jitter testing capabilities is a perfect fit for such a leading-edge test platform approach, as its modular, easily expandable platform design makes it a safe investment, addressing multiple test needs in just one solution," said Sigi Gross, general manager of Agilent's Digital Verifications Solution division. "The photonic all-parameter analyzer's advanced loss and dispersion test capabilities provide comprehensive and detailed insight into a device's characteristics and structure and thus support innovative and rapid product development."

"The availability of efficient and updated test equipment is one of the keys to success in advanced communication R&D and the optical industry," said Serge Valette, research director at CEA-Leti.

"Grenoble is one of the most important concentrations of technological facilities for optoelectronics in the world," said P. Benech, professor at INPG. B. Cabon, also a professor at INPG, added, "PLATEST will provide the highest level of test equipment for optoelectronics devices, and sharing the same site will be of great advantage moving forward."

About the CEA-Leti, France
Leti (Laboratory of Microelectronics and Technology for Information), a laboratory of the CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission), is at the leading edge of European microelectronics and microtechnologies research. It employs about 900 people, and with its more than 150 patents filed per year and 28 startups, it ranks among the major partners of the industrial and R&D world.

The CEA is a polyvalent scientific and technological research organization, specializing in three major fields: energy, technologies for information and health and defense. Its ability to combine fundamental research and valorization in an industrial framework enables it to play a leading role in innovation. Approximately 15,000 people are employed at the CEA at nine sites in France. For further information about the CEA, visit

About the INPG-IMEP, France
Created in 1971 by Louis Neel, a Nobel laureate in physics, the INPG (Institut National Polytechnique Grenoble) is a federation of nine engineering schools and about 40 research labs with broad knowledge in many scientific and engineering disciplines, including computer science and applied mathematics, automation, signal processing, microelectronics, optoelectronics, electrical engineering, mechanics and mechanical engineering. Within the INPG, the IMEP (Institute of Microelectronics, Electromagnetism and Photonics) focuses on advanced microelectronics, optoelectronics and microwave devices. For further information about INPG, visit

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

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