Agilent Technologies, Centellax Announce Agilent Will Acquire Centellax's Test and Measurement Business

 

SANTA CLARA and SANTA ROSA, Calif., April 27, 2012

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) and Centellax today announced they have signed a definitive agreement for Agilent to acquire the assets of Centellax's test and measurement business. Centellax, a privately held company, designs and manufactures key technology and products such as bit-error ratio testers and signal generators used for testing high-speed digital communication systems and components.

The acquisition, subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to be completed in about two weeks. Financial details were not disclosed.

Centellax has established itself as a recognized supplier of test products for high-speed communications. Agilent is the market leader in the characterization of high-speed digital interfaces.

The acquisition will help Centellax's and Agilent's customers to obtain comprehensive insight into their high-speed devices with a full spectrum of test solutions. Centellax's test and measurement business augments Agilent's current position and ongoing investments to cover all requirements in digital I/O and optical transceiver test from deep characterization in R&D to cost-effective test in manufacturing up to 32G and beyond.

"We are very excited about combining the strengths of both companies in the BERT application space," said Juergen Beck, Agilent general manager, Digital and Photonic Test Division. "Adding Centellax's products and technology enables us to address the complete life cycle needs of our customers and underlines our commitment to this industry."

"We are very pleased by the opportunity this transaction represents for Centellax T&M's customers and employees," said Julio Perdomo, Centellax CEO. "We are proud of the team and the product line we have designed, built and brought to market. Looking into the future, I am confident that under Agilent's leadership this business unit will thrive."

Centellax's test portfolio includes bit-error ratio testers, pattern generators, clock synthesizers, signal-integrity studio software, and test accessories. Centellax's component business is not part of this transaction.

About Centellax

Established in 2001, Centellax is a leading supplier of high-speed analog semiconductor products for 40G, 100G, and 400G optical communications, and RF/microwave applications. Centellax prides itself in its ability to build innovative next-generation products that meet the market's changing needs. Centellax products can be found on the GSA schedule 66 or by visiting www.centellax.com.


About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, electronics and communications. The company's 18,700 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $6.6 billion in fiscal 2011. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.

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Sarah Calnan, Agilent Europe
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Jerome Nathan, Centellax
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