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Agilent Technologies to Participate as Sole Test, Measurement Expert at JEDEC Flash Storage Summits



Presentation to Help Computer, Consumer-Electronics Manufacturers Develop Standards-Based, Next-Generation Flash Memory Products 

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 30, 2009

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today announced its participation in JEDEC's Flash Storage Summits on March 31, April 2 and April 6-7. Agilent is the only test and measurement company participating in these events. An Agilent memory-applications expert, Perry Keller, memory program manager at Agilent's Digital Test Division and JEDEC board member, will discuss with computer and consumer-electronics executives how to validate the design of current and future flash-memory systems and how to ensure the designs comply with industry standards.

The Agilent presentation includes discussion of flash memory's unique validation needs as well as validation requirements for the next generation of flash memories and modules. Design and validation teams will learn how to prepare to execute a smooth validation process to ensure rapid time to market and satisfied customers.

Flash memory is taking off as GPS systems, mobile devices, digital cameras and personal digital assistants gain momentum. Flash offers high performance and large storage capacity in extreme environments. Several flash-memory technologies exist, many optimized for different applications. Agilent is working to support all interface standards and is helping to define and drive the creation of the Universal Flash Storage specification, which JEDEC is developing.

Agilent has helped the flash-memory industry focus on customer needs such as keeping up with higher signaling speeds, lowering development costs and addressing the growth of multimedia applications. Agilent's memory-specific offerings are the broadest and deepest in the industry. The company's involvement with organizations such as JEDEC is making it possible to support key customers as standards are introduced, devices are developed and the memory technologies evolve. Agilent's memory support is key to the design, characterization and debug of memory devices and the systems incorporating them.

"Agilent is focused on working with JEDEC and with customers who rely on new memory technologies for their business and strategic success, and is pleased to support JEDEC in putting together the Flash Storage Summits," said Siegfried Gross, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Digital Test Division. "Our involvement is another example of Agilent's leadership role in numerous standards areas, also including VESA, PCI-SIG(r) and OSA."

The JEDEC Flash Storage Summits will be held in Shanghai, China, on March 31; in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 2; and in San Jose, Calif., on April 6- 7. Details about summit topics is available at www.jedec.org/Home/trade_events/flash09/index.htm.

A backgrounder about memory technologies and Agilent's test solutions is available at www.agilent.com/find/memory_backgrounder.

JEDEC was formed in 1958 as part of an alliance with the Electronic Industries Association to develop standards for the emerging semiconductor industry. In 1999, JEDEC was incorporated as an independent association, adopting the name JEDEC Solid State Technology Association.

In addition to its participation in the JEDEC Flash Storage Summits, Agilent will host a webcast on April 7 titled "Ensuring Interoperability and Performance of Your DDR Memory Subsystem." Further information is available at http://seminar2.techonline.com/s/agilent_apr0709.


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 $5.8 billion in fiscal 2008. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.

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