Agilent Rolls Out World's Smallest Connectorless Logic Analyzer Probes

3/2/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced the industry's smallest connectorless logic analyzer probes. With a footprint size of 7 mm x 22 mm, the new 17-channel soft touch probes use 60 percent less board space than competitive connectorless probes. In addition, the new probes offer 75 percent less capacitive loading than traditional connector-based probes. The small size and accurate measurements offered by the Agilent E5396A and E5398A 17-channel soft touch probes simplify validation of high-speed digital designs that are tight on space or that require minimal disruption of signal routing.

"In response to the ever-changing physical and electrical characteristics of our customers' environments, Agilent continues to innovate better ways to probe high-speed digital designs," said Ron Nersesian, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Design Validation Division. "Not only do the soft touch probes work with our current logic analyzers, the technology is also compatible with all our portable and system logic analyzers sold over the past 20 years."

As PC board sizes become smaller and bus speeds increase, the ability for design engineers in the computer, semiconductor and communications industries to make accurate measurements using minimal board space is critical. In connectorless probing applications, the connector traditionally used for validating digital designs is replaced by an array of probe pads. By eliminating the need to attach connectors to a target system and reduce electrical loading, design engineers are able to make test time more efficient and reduce costs.

The Agilent E5396A soft touch probe is a 17-channel, single-ended, connectorless probe that is compatible with all Agilent logic analyzers that use a 40-pin connector interface. The E5398A soft touch probe is a 17-channel, single-ended, connectorless probe that is compatible with all Agilent logic analyzers that use a 90-pin connector interface. Both probes use spring-pin technology that does not require special cleaning or special surface finishes of the probe pads to make a reliable connection.

Further Information
Additional information on Agilent soft touch probes is available at www.agilent.com/find/softtouch

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent E5396A and E5398A 17-channel soft touch probes are priced at $1,900 and can be ordered now, with first shipments expected in April.

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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