Leading Trade Journals Honor Agilent with Awards

3/10/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that a number of its products have been recognized for innovation and technology leadership by several leading trade journals. The products include a broad range of hardware and software for testing of PCI Express and wireless products, communications networks, and design-for-test (DFT).

"Agilent is setting the pace of technology innovation across a broad spectrum of test and measurement applications, from optical and electrical physical layer testing to computer backplane protocol verification, RF design system software, and final device test," said Bill Sullivan, executive vice president and general manager of Agilent's Electronic Products and Solutions Group. "We are pleased to receive this prestigious recognition from across the industry."

Test & Measurement World Best in Test Award
Test & Measurement World magazine chose the Agilent E2960 test series for PCI Express as one of 12 winners of its 2003 Best in Test award. In addition, the Agilent N4901A serial bit error ratio tester (BERT) and Agilent SmarTest PG CTL Browser for DFT were recognized with honorable mentions.

"We were impressed with the breadth of Agilent's PCI Express offerings, which include the E2960 standalone instrument as well as the PCI Express test capabilities of the Agilent 93000 semiconductor test system's NP2500 pin electronics card," said Rick Nelson, Test & Measurement World executive editor. "The chip- to system-level test capabilities that the Agilent offerings provide should help design and test engineers confront the challenges posed by high-data-rate, multi-lane PCI Express buses. The Test & Measurement World editorial team was pleased to choose the E2960 as the exemplar of Agilent's PCI Express test prowess."

Microwaves & RF Magazine Top Products of 2003 Award
Agilent's RF Design Environment (RFDE) electronic design automation (EDA) software was awarded Microwaves & RF magazine's Top Products of 2003 award.

"Agilent's RF Design Environment is a significant development in cooperation with another industry software giant, Cadence Design Systems," said Jack Browne, publisher and editor-in-chief of Microwaves & RF. "The RFDE drastically slashes the time needed to transform an RFIC concept into a product, providing powerful physical-level modeling and system-level verification to dramatically increase a design engineer's productivity."

EDN Magazine 2003 Innovation Award
The Agilent N4901A serial BERT is a finalist in the test and measurement category of EDN Magazine's 2003 Innovation Program. In addition, Agilent's article titled, "Single-ended or differential? That is the question," written by Mike McTigue, lead hardware R&D engineer for Agilent's Design Validation Division, is a finalist in EDN's new award program recognizing the year's best contributed articles. The award winners, which are selected by EDN readers, will be announced March 29, 2004.

Photonics Spectra Magazine 2003 Circle of Excellence Award
The Agilent 86119A terahertz optical sampler was a winner of Photonics Spectra magazine's 2003 Circle of Excellence award and was recognized as one of the 25 most technically innovative products of the year.

DesignCon Best Paper Award
Agilent received DesignCon 2004's Best Paper Award for "Testing of High-Speed Serial I/O Interfaces Based on Spectral Jitter Decomposition," co-authored by Rainer Plitschka, application consultant in Agilent's Digital Verification Solutions Division, and Bernd Laquai, test methodology research consultant in Agilent's Computation and Communications Semiconductor Test Division. The paper can be viewed at www.designcon.com/conference/paper_awards.html.

Further Information
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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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