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Agilent News: High-Speed, High-Volume USB Multifunction Data Acquisition Modules, Chassis

November 13, 2006
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 13, 2006 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced a series of multifunction data acquisition (DAQ) modules and instrument chassis that offer increased bandwidth for multiple I/O operations coupled with ease of connectivity and hot-swappable connections. This, together with the DAQ device's high sampling rate of up to 3 MSa/s for a single channel, enables fast and easy instrument setup and quality data acquisition. Data acquisition modules are commonly used to perform measurement, monitoring, control or simulation of real-world signals such as temperature, pressure, vibration and strain. As data acquisition systems become more complex with multi-configuration and multi-vendor components and instruments, the Agilent U2300A Series USB modular multifunction DAQ device uses the common, non-proprietary standard interface that provides ease of connectivity -- allowing users to set up and configure their tests swiftly with its plug-and-play USB interface. When used with the Agilent U2700A Series USB modular instrument chassis, this DAQ system provides more channels for today's various measurement needs. Providing flexibility across application software, the U2300A and the U2700A are part of Agilent Open, supporting open industry-standard software and PC-standard IO. Simplifying the DAQ device application further is the bundled Agilent Modular Instruments Measurement Manager application software. This software eases instrument configuration and control, supports data-logging and enables export of data to printable formats for ease of analysis. "With the recent successful launch of our handheld products, this new series of DAQ devices further strengthens our commitment to provide cost-effective solutions," said Ee Huei Sin, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Basic Instruments Division. "The unique feature of the U2300A Series is its ability to work either as a standalone or modular instrument with the U2700A Series USB modular instrument chassis." "This is an exciting next step in the broadening of Agilent's value-based product offering," said Gooi Soon Chai, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Electronic Instruments Business Unit. "Now, we are expanding our portfolio by introducing a modular-based high-speed, high-volume USB DAQ solution." The Agilent U2300A Series USB Modular Multifunction Data Acquisition Devices Agilent's U2300A Series USB modular multifunction data acquisition device is an ideal tool for design validation and manufacturing engineers who conduct data logging, measurement or monitoring in a broad range of industries. It has an easy plug-and-play PC interface for high-speed data acquisition applications. The U2300A Series consists of seven modules with Hi-Speed USB 2.0, up to 64 analog input channels (384 channels when used with the U2700A Series chassis), and up to 3 MSa/s sampling rate for a single channel. The easy-to-use Agilent Modular Instruments Measurement Manager software is included at no charge. Giving users the flexibility to use other widely used application software, the U2300A Series is compatible with a wide range of application development environments such as Agilent VEE, NI LabVIEW and Microsoft Visual Studio(r). The Agilent U2700A Series USB Modular Instrument Chassis The Agilent U2700A Series USB modular instrument chassis is a 6-slot USB modular chassis. Like the U2300A Series device, it offers an easy plug-and-play setup and configuration with its Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface. Having the ability to connect up to six modules of U2300A Series DAQ devices, it allows an expansion up to 384 channels for various tests and measurements in today's high-performance applications. Compact and portable, Agilent's U2700A Series is also mountable to a rack-mount kit and provides star trigger bus synchronization for the modules. U.S. Pricing and Availability Prices for the Agilent U2300A Series start at $999. The Agilent U2700A Series pricing starts at $1,150. Both products are available now. Customers may order online at www.agilent.com/find/OnlineStore.

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