9/3/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that its revolutionary laser navigation sensor technology is the key component inside the newest mouse from Logitech (Nasdaq: LOGI; SWX: LOGN). The Logitech(r) MX(tm)1000 cordless laser mouse is based on the latest advancements in laser illumination/tracking and digital radio cordless technologies.
Agilent's new laser illumination and tracking technology, which provides 20 times the surface tracking power of an LED-based optical mouse, enables Logitech's MX 1000 laser mouse to work on surfaces that cause optical mice to falter. Laser-based optical mice can easily track on painted metal, polished wood-grain surfaces, glossy photo paper, translucent plastic, frosted glass and many other previously difficult surfaces. The laser illumination is superior to LED-based illumination in that it reveals trackable surface structures the LED light source cannot uncover.
Agilent's laser engine provides Logitech's MX 1000 with image processing power of 5.8 megapixels of surface information per second for enhanced tracking. It also offers 800 counts-per-inch resolution, enabling more accurate cursor control on larger CRTs and flat-panel LCD screens.
"Our long and successful relationship with Agilent has resulted in today's introduction of the world's first cordless laser mouse," said David Henry, senior vice president of Logitech's Control Devices Business Unit. "This collaboration will, over time, deliver a full range of low- to high-end laser mice, retiring the traditional optical mouse the same way the optical mouse has made the mechanical ball mouse obsolete."
"The high-performance laser mouse engine further demonstrates Agilent's commitment to innovation and leadership in the mouse market," said Jason Hartlove, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Sensor Solutions Division. "Due to lasers' superior tracking ability and the potential for reduced power consumption, we expect this revolutionary technology to replace the LED-based optical mouse sensor."
Agilent pioneered optical sensors for mouse technology and supplies these sensors to all major optical mouse manufacturers worldwide. The company has shipped over 300 million navigation sensors for optical mice.
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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