9/17/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced it has obtained a patent that describes a method to use the Universal Serial Bus (USB) to communicate with a message processing device, and that includes some aspects of GPIB emulation. USB is a popular, easy-to-use industry standard for connecting peripherals to PCs and laptops. Agilent provides USB capability in its test instruments and I/O converters.
Agilent applied for the patent in December 2000 and was issued U.S. patent 6,718,412 B2 on April 6, 2004. Agilent's interest was to protect the integrity of this technology pending the adoption of a test and measurement class specification within the USB Implementers Forum.
"USB is a critical I/O capability for test instrumentation," said Mark Pierpoint, vice president of Agilent's Measurement and Analysis Software Group. "The necessity to ensure code communication quality across this bus ensures its present and future utilization in electronic test systems."
Agilent will offer licenses to this patent to implement this test and measurement class specification. To request a license access www.agilent.com/find/USBpatentlicense.
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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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