Agilent Technologies Inc. is to license certain automotive network products in the Elektrobit Corp. (EB) FlexRay product line, which is technology that EB gained as part of the DECOMSYS GmbH acquisition earlier this year.

The cooperation will create an integrated design and test toolset for software and test engineers, while Agilent introduces a strengthened suite of FlexRay test product offerings.

The two companies will share FlexRay technology and software components, assuring the compatibility of data formats in the design and validation process. Customers using EB's FlexRay software design tools in conjunction with Agilent's FlexRay communication test tools will benefit from a consistent design flow.

"Agilent now provides test and measurement solutions for automotive networks starting from the physical layer through the protocol layer up to the system level," said Roland Jeutter, automotive business manager at Agilent. "This addresses all network specific test and validation challenges by offering complete and consistent protocol insight. Our partnership with EB completes our portfolio of vehicle protocol test products with FlexRay, and offers our common customers a consistent and better integrated design and validation process."

Martin Schleicher, director products and platforms at EB Automotive, commented, "EB is excited about this cooperation with Agilent, as through this agreement now a much broader customer base can benefit from our market-leading FlexRay technology. Agilent is a perfect partner as both companies' products are complementary, allowing both to provide a complete offering of FlexRay networks, from signal level to ECU software analysis.”