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Test and Measurement

Agilent Technologies to Supply German Federal Armed Forces with Digital Storage Oscilloscopes

December 5, 2006
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 4, 2006 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced it won a European-wide bid to supply the German Federal Armed Forces with more than 1,500 digital storage oscilloscopes (DSOs). The Agilent 6000 Series oscilloscopes will be used by engineers and technicians to test electrical equipment at the maintenance and repair facilities of the German air force, navy and army. Agilent will begin delivering the oscilloscopes before the end of the year. Agilent created the 6000 Series oscilloscopes to meet the challenges that engineers and technicians face with testing sophisticated electronic designs. Today's designs are no longer based only on analog technology, but increasingly contain digital signals and serial communication buses, creating an environment of mixed fast and slow signals. This mixed-signal environment means engineers need to measure composite signal conditions and view time-correlated analog and digital signals. Agilent's 6000 Series oscilloscopes give engineers these capabilities. "Our new 6000 Series has made its mark on the oscilloscope market," said Hans-J├╝rgen Bochtler, sales manager for Agilent's Electronic Measurement Group in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. "Since introducing the new oscilloscope family last year, we have recorded significant growth and won market share in this highly competitive arena." Agilent 6000 Series DSO/MSO Oscilloscopes The 6000 Series includes 19 different oscilloscope models with frequency ranges from 100 MHz to 1 GHz with two or four analog channels. The series also includes mixed signal oscilloscopes (MSOs) that offer 16 digital channels integrated with the analog channels. The 6000 Series oscilloscopes offer many technological innovations, such as a high-resolution display and fast signal processing speed, which simplify the task and shorten the time it takes to identify intermittent interference signals. They also offer deep digital memory, multiple standard I/O interfaces (LAN/USB/GPIB), and progressive serial trigger possibilities for I2C/SPI/CAN/LIN buses. With optional application packages, the oscilloscopes can decode the signals from these specialized buses and quickly make internal FPGA measurements. In November 2006, Agilent added three models to the 6000 Series that are optimized for use in test systems. Because of their LXI (LAN eXtensions for Instrumentation) interfaces and compact form-factor (only 44 mm high), these models are especially suitable for installing in test racks. Additional information about the Agilent 6000 Series is available at www.agilent.com/find/scope-new. A backgrounder on the Agilent 6000 Series is available at www.agilent.com/find/DSO6000_backgrounder, and high-resolution images are available at www.agilent.com/find/DSO6000_images.

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