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Agilent Technologies, Altair Semiconductor to Help Manufacturers Speed Development of Mobile WiMAX™ Devices

 

SANTA CLARA, Calif., and HOD HASHARON, Israel, Sept. 29, 2008

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) and Altair Semiconductor today announced they will collaborate to accelerate the development of Mobile WiMAX devices. The companies plan to optimize the calibration and verification of Altair's Mobile WiMAX chipset using Agilent's Wireless Networking Test Set. As a result, handheld-device manufacturers implementing Altair's Mobile WiMAX chipset will be able to quickly and efficiently test and verify their Mobile WiMAX devices.

The Agilent N8300A is a wireless networking test set and OFDMA measurement application software, forming a complete one-box transmitter and receiver test solution for Mobile WiMAX devices. With its superior specifications and fast manufacturing test time, this solution effectively meets the needs of cell phone, ODM and CM manufacturing engineers testing WiMAX mobile subscriber devices or modules that use IEEE 802.16e-2005.

Altair's ALT2150 is the industry's smallest and lowest-power-consumption Mobile WiMAX baseband processor. Measuring a mere 7x7mm and consuming below 100mW in a 5Mbit/sec download scenario, the ALT2150 is the ideal choice for device and module manufacturers integrating mobile WiMAX in their products.

"Outstanding performance and short test times are key requirements for manufacturers looking to test their Mobile WiMAX devices -- and they are the key features found in Agilent's N8300A test set," said Niels Faché, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Mobile Broadband Division. "These capabilities, coupled with Altair chipset-specific calibration and verification software, will ensure that handheld-device manufacturers realize the faster, more efficient calibration and verification test times they demand."

"As an industry leader in manufacturing and conformance solutions, Agilent's depth of expertise will play a crucial role in helping our customers test and verify their designs," said Eran Eshed, co-founder and vice president of Marketing and Business Development at Altair. "Combining our expertise in this strategic partnership will make it easier for manufacturers to integrate Mobile WiMAX into their products, driving development of Mobile WiMAX devices to market faster and more efficiently."

More information about the Agilent Wireless Networking Test Set is available at www.agilent.com/find/N8300A. A photo of the Wireless Networking Test Set is available at www.agilent.com/find/WNTS_images.

Agilent in WiMAX

A Principal Member of the WiMAX Forum (www.wimaxforum.org), Agilent Technologies is an active participant in this organization. As a world leader in test and measurement solutions, Agilent continues to be at the forefront of this emerging market, offering WiMAX design and test solutions that span the entire technology lifecycle -- R&D, design verification and pre-conformance, conformance, manufacturing through network deployment, and service assurance. Information about Agilent's WiMAX design and test solutions can be found at www.agilent.com/find/wimax.

About Altair Semiconductor

Altair is the world's leading developer of ultralow-power, small-footprint and high-performance mobile semiconductors that take broadband bandwidth beyond notebooks and USB adaptors to untethered, battery-operated handheld devices. The company's products provide handheld-device manufacturers with a highly power-optimized, robust and cost-effective solution. Altair is privately held and has raised a total of $48 million in three rounds of financing. For more information, visit www.altair-semi.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 20,000 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

Dan Bingham or Todd Barrish
Dukas Public Relations, for Altair Semiconductor
+1 212 704 7385
dan@dukaspr.com or todd@dukaspr.com