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Agilent Technologies and Runcom Technologies to Collaborate on Wave 2 Mobile WiMAX(tm) Protocol Testing

 

BARCELONA, Spain, GSMA Mobile World Congress, Feb. 11, 2008

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) and Runcom Technologies Ltd. today announced they will extend their WiMAX(tm) collaboration to include Mobile WiMAX Wave 2 Protocol Test.

All WiMAX(tm) devices must undergo protocol conformance test (PCT) to become certified for use. To realize the promise of interoperability, the WiMAX industry relies on traceable and effective protocol test solutions. The assurance of interoperability between WiMAX reference designs and protocol test equipment creates customer confidence and enables industry growth.

Agilent and Runcom will ensure that their customers can confidently use Runcom Mobile WiMAX reference designs with Agilent protocol test systems. Both companies will verify that their designs are faithful implementations of the relevant standards, bringing robust solutions to the market.

The Agilent N6430A WiMAX Protocol Conformance Test and Development Solution, based on Agilent's E6651A Mobile WiMAX Test Set, is undergoing pre-validation testing at a WiMAX Forum(r) testing laboratory using mobile terminals and base stations that use Runcom Mobile WiMAX chips.

"We are very enthusiastic about the development of a PCT partnership with Runcom," said C. J. Meurell, European operations general manager for Agilent's Mobile Broadband Division's WiMAX/WLAN portfolio. "Our relationship will accelerate the progress of both companies as we move ahead with Mobile WiMAX Wave 2. Runcom has been a pioneer of WiMAX and we feel fortunate to be able to partner with them on the development of PCT."

Runcom Technologies is a leading supplier of chipsets for the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard on which WiMAX Forum mobile profiles are based. Runcom is a world pioneer in the development of state-of-the-art OFDMA silicon solutions for fixed and mobile WiMAX user-terminals and base-stations. The RNA200 ASIC was the first Mobile WiMAX compliant ASIC on the market.

"Our customers need independent and robust PCT solutions to be available, and we are keen to support this," said Israel Koffman, Runcom's vice president of Marketing. "Working with the wireless industry's test leader, Agilent, means that our customers can count on solutions that work with our designs wherever they are in the world. Agilent's ability to test terminals, base stations, protocol, RF and application performance is a unique value proposition that we believe will benefit our customers."

For more information about the Agilent N6430A WiMAX Protocol Conformance Test and Development Solution see www.agilent.com/find/pct. Photos of Agilent's N6430A Protocol Conformance Test and Development Solution and E6651A Mobile WiMAX Test Set are available at www.agilent.com/find/Wave2_PCT_images.

Agilent in WiMAX Forum

A principal member of the WiMAX Forum (www.wimaxforum.org), Agilent is an active participant in the development of WiMAX Radio Conformance Test (RCT) documents and procedures. Agilent was the first to provide standard-compliant 802.16 physical layer (PHY) design and test tools for Fixed and Mobile WiMAX applications including WiBro, allowing users to efficiently simulate, troubleshoot and verify designs.

Information about Agilent's WiMAX test solutions is available at www.agilent.com/find/wimax.

About Runcom Technologies Ltd.

Runcom is a technology company pioneering OFDMA-based silicon user terminals and base stations that comply with the IEEE802.16e-2005 standard for WiBro and Mobile WiMAX applications. Runcom products include PHY and MAC communications layers. Runcom RNA200 ASIC was the first Mobile WiMAX compliant ASIC on the market. For more information, visit Runcom on the Internet at www.runcom.com.


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 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2007. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.

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Contact:

Janet Smith
+1 970 679 5397
janet_smith@agilent.com

Israel Koffman
+972 545 303110
israelk@runcom.co.il