Agilent Wins CMP Readers' Choice Award for Modular Logic Analyzers

4/23/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that its modular logic analyzer series, the first to offer hosted capabilities, was voted the overall winner of CMP Media's eeProductCenter Readers' Choice Award contest. The contest was held March 29 - April 2 at the electronicaUSA with the Embedded Systems Conference in San Francisco. Engineers, technical managers and other electronics professionals voted at the show and at from among 12 finalists to choose the best new products on display at the show.

"Customers told us they need logic analyzers with fast analysis capabilities and the flexibility to expand as digital system complexity and speeds increase," said Ron Nersesian, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Design Validation Division. "Winning the eeProductCenter Readers' Choice Award confirms that the 16900 Series of logic analyzers successfully meets our customers' needs."

The 16900 Series logic analyzer introduction in March 2004 also included the Agilent B4655A FPGA dynamic probe, the industry's first commercially available logic-analysis application that yields significant productivity improvements for engineering teams debugging their designs using Xilinx FPGAs, including the Virtex-II, Virtex-II Pro and Spartan-3 families. The Agilent FPGA dynamic probe enables engineers to select new groups of internal signals to probe in seconds and automatically map internal signal and bus names, giving design teams a new, faster way to validate their Xilinx FPGA designs.

"The Agilent 16900 Series platform addresses the merger of FPGA usage and fast clock speeds and rise times," said Alex Mendelsohn, eeProductCenter's senior technology editor. "ElectronicaUSA attendees and eeProductCenter visitors are constantly on the lookout for significant new products that help them do their job, so it is not surprising that readers chose the Agilent 16900 Series as one of electronicaUSA's most significant new products. As an aid to FPGA design, this one's a clear winner."

About the Agilent 16900 Series Logic Analyzer System
The Agilent 16900 Series logic analyzer system mainframes feature Agilent's intuitive user interface and modular debug support for popular microprocessors and buses. The mainframes incorporate Agilent's hosted mode feature, which allows users to host the logic-analysis application software on a computer and provides remote access and control from any Windows(-based computer on the network. Designers can use the hosted mode to make a specific measurement and analyze the result on their computer while the logic analysis system is making other measurements.

The Agilent 16900 Series logic analyzer's multithreading architecture takes full advantage of gigabit local area networks and the latest in multiprocessor, large-memory computer technology to achieve the fastest performance in the industry. The Agilent 16900 Series platform, powered by Windows XP, offers three modular mainframe choices that give customers the flexibility to configure a system for their current needs, as well as future expansion. It is an essential tool for R&D engineers in the computer, communications, semiconductor, aerospace/defense, automotive and wireless industries for validating and debugging basic logic, embedded systems and high-speed digital designs.

Further Information
Additional information about Agilent's new 16900 Series logic analysis system and the company's complete line of validation and debug tools is available at High-resolution images of Agilent's 16900 Series logic analysis system are available at A backgrounder containing additional information about the 16900 Series logic analysis system 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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