SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 28, 2010 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced that its application for a seat on the board of directors was enthusiastically accepted by the PXI Systems Alliance Board at its annual meeting on Sept. 15.

Following the recent announcement of 46 new PXI and AXIe modular products, Agilent applied for sponsor-level membership -- the highest level of membership within the PXI Systems Alliance. The primary goal of the PXISA is to improve the effectiveness of CompactPCI-based solutions in measurement and automation through use of the PXI specification.

Agilent joins seven other sponsor-level member companies on the board of directors. The PXI Systems Alliance currently has 58 members. To receive sponsor-level membership, companies are required to endorse and actively support the PXI architecture as a vital part of their ongoing business. They also must take a proactive role in all decisions made at the board level.

“We are proud to have been accepted onto the PXI Systems Alliance board of directors, just days after the significant announcement of our modular product strategy” said Ron Nersesian, president of Agilent’s Electronic Measurement Group. “We look forward to taking an active role in the alliance, contributing to the standard and developing additional PXI products.”

Agilent representatives on the PXI Systems Alliance are:
• Von Campbell, Agilent planning manager, Modular Product Operation, who will be the director on the board for Agilent; and
• Carla Feldman, Agilent marketing manager, Modular Product Operation, who will be the marketing co-chair.

“We look forward to Agilent’s active participation on the Board of Directors,” said Bob Helsel, executive director of the PXI Systems Alliance. “As a leader in the T&M industry, they bring their expertise and spirit of innovation to support the ongoing development of PXI as an open standard.”

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