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Agilent Technologies' flat-panel-display test system increases multisite and high-resolution capabilities while slashing total average cycle time

 

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 10, 2006

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced a test system that features a 33-percent increase in data channels for testing amorphous silicon thin-film transistor (TFT) arrays typically used in large, flat-panel televisions and computer displays. By offering 7,680 channels per test head, Agilent can test today's ultra-high-resolution panels and is prepared to test even higher resolution screens in the future. With the Agilent 88000 Series ATS-620 Array Test System, manufacturers can cut costs and lower total average cycle time in volume production by either testing more panels in parallel, or testing higher-resolution screens.

Agilent's ATS-620 supports seventh- and eighth-generation glass fabrication lines and beyond, and offers multisite test and superior defect detection. Using four test heads, multiple gate activation and 15,360 data channels, the ATS-620 is able to achieve the fastest a-Si TFT testing throughput. Since picture quality is a major competitive differentiator for flat-panel-display TV and PC monitor makers, the ATS-620 was designed to handle the most cutting-edge processes for creating high-picture-quality panels with complex pixel structures.

"The ATS-620's remarkable advances in throughput and depth of analysis allow users to test four high-quality panels at the same time," said Minoru Ebihara, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Hachioji Semiconductor Test Division. "Also, the greater number of test channels means that users can test emerging higher-resolution products such as QUXGA wide screens in the future."

The Agilent ATS-620 enables electrical testing of all pixels and subpixels covering transistor, capacitor, electrode and bus lines, and prevents any defective pixels in the a-Si TFT array manufacturing process from entering the next phase of production. By automatically checking the TFT characteristics and the open/short status of the lines and pixels, the ATS-620 is able to accurately determine the defect mode, resulting in a large increase in yield, an improvement in manufacturing productivity and a significant reduction in test costs. The Agilent ATS-620 is a complete test solution, including hardware, software services and application consulting.

Pricing and Availability

The ATS-620 is available now, with prices ranging from $1.5 million to $2 million, depending on application and configuration. More information about Agilent's flat-panel-test products is available at www.agilent.com/see/fpdtest. A product image is available at www.agilent.com/find/ATS-620image.


About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 20,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $5.1 billion in fiscal 2005. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.

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