Agilent Unveils Communications Test and Optical Transceiver Products

2/23/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced new communications test and fiber optic transceiver products that enable the optical networking industry to reduce costs while expanding performance. The introduction of the industry's first field portable polarization mode (PMD) differential group delay (DGD) analyzer using Jones Matrix Eigenanalysis (JME) enables service providers to quickly test their fiber plant's suitability for high-speed services. Enhancements to Agilent's broad optical-test portfolio provide optical component designers with comprehensive measurement capabilities for verifying the performance of today's highly integrated devices.

In addition, Agilent introduced a family of 10 Gb/s XENPAK, X2 and XFP MSA-compliant fiber optic transceivers that offer industry-leading optical, electrical, thermal and digital diagnostics performance. Agilent also introduced a pluggable transceiver that delivers Gigabit Ethernet data transmissions over commonly installed copper cable, offering a low-cost upgrade path to Gigabit Ethernet.

"Agilent's improvement and expansion of optical measurement equipment underpins our commitment to the photonic industry," said Werner Huettemann, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Communications Network Solutions business unit. "Our latest test products focus on broadband infrastructure and support the development of new, highly integrated devices, enabling fast and low-cost installation and maintenance."

The following test equipment and optical components are being exhibited at Agilent Booth No. 2239:

"Network equipment manufacturers look to Agilent for their complete fiber optic transceiver needs," said Tom Fawcett, worldwide marketing manager for Agilent's Fiber Optic Products Division. "As the world's number-one supplier of fiber optic transceivers, our customers count on us to deliver high-quality products in the volumes they need."

In addition, Agilent is showcasing the recently announced 86100C Infiniium digital communications analyzer with subcomponent jitter analysis (DCA-J). The DCA-J permits engineers to accurately analyze jitter with one-button measurement simplicity at data rates previously not possible.

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Further Information
Additional information about Agilent's communications test equipment for wireless, IP services, metro, optical and access networks is available at Additional information about Agilent's fiber optic transceiver products is available at

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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