Our electronic products and solutions
business helped lead the
convergence of wireless communications and the Internet in
We enhanced the TS-5500
wireless handset test platform the first commercially
available platform that enables manufacturers to test mobile
phones based on both GSM and CDMA, key protocols for wireless
The acquisition of SAFCO Technologies
strengthened our wireless solutions portfolio. SAFCOs
software systems and data collection products enable customers
to deliver voice and data services, such as wireless e-mail
and real-time stock quotes.
We opened the Singapore Microelectronics
Modeling Center, whose purpose is to speed development of
wireless products and technologies.
The business expanded its offering
of field test tools for the deployment of Digital Subscriber
Line (DSL) with two new handheld products.
We brought a new family
of optical spectrum analyzers to market this year. These
analyzers help engineers study and refine optical components
and systems that are critical to todays high-speed networks.
The communications solutions business
applied advanced technology and deep customer understanding
to address the needs of network equipment manufacturers (NEMs),
service providers and enterprises.
The business introduced the
industrys first test solution for Radio Access Networks
(RAN), which is the ground-based infrastructure needed to
deliver the wireless Internet and other advanced wireless
services. Agilents 3G Test System helps NEMs speed development
of critical RAN software and equipment, such as base-station
In June, we teamed with Lucent
Technologies to demonstrate the capabilities of Agilents
recently introduced RouterTester solution, a key enabling
technology in the development of high-speed routers that move
ever-increasing volumes of data across the Internet.
At the Summer Olympics in Australia,
our accessFIBER network management solution helped Telstra
Corporation Limited, Australias leading telecommunications
provider, monitor and manage a network that handled 28 billion
telephone, audio, video and data transmissions flawlessly.
We acquired two companies to
strengthen our communications solutions. American Holographic,
Inc.s technologies enable a wide variety of optical
communications applications in industry and research. Digital
Technology, Inc. extends our ability to help NEMs develop
and deploy next-generation, IP-based products and services.
Our automated test business
achieved excellent results and won industry-wide recognition
by delivering the right test solutions at the right cost while
enabling customers to put information to work for them.
The popularity of consumer
electronics devices, from personal digital assistants to digital
cameras, drove remarkable demand for Flash memory memory
that continues to function when the devices are shut off.
This business extended its very successful Versatest series
of Flash memory test systems with the V4400.
We brought out the C200 model
in our 93000 system-on-a-chip (SOC) test systems, which
enables multiple test capabilities analog, memory,
high-speed interface, structural test and others on
a single platform.
The versatility of the 93000 SOC
series was an important factor in Motorolas decision
to designate the systems as approved high-end testers for
several semiconductor product families.
We formed an alliance with
Silicon Wave, a leader in the design and development of radio
frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) for wireless and broadband
communications devices. Silicon Waves products incorporate
Bluetooth technology, which enables users to connect a wide
range of computing and communications devices without the
need to buy, carry or connect cables.
A study by Prime Research Group,
a leading industry research firm, confirmed Agilent as the
industry leader in the testing of printed circuit boards by
in-circuit and X-ray methods. This year, the 5DX Series
3 won Best of Show at the Denver Business Journal
showcase of new industrial products.
Agilents semiconductor products
business delivered leading-edge integrated circuits (ICs),
fiber-optic transceivers and other components in the networking,
wireless communications and imaging markets.
The business made its first
deliveries of a fiber-optic transceiver for 10-Gigabit/second
Ethernet. The technology will help NEMs address the relentless
demand for more networking capacity.
Agilent achieved a breakthrough
in a test ASIC when the semiconductor products business announced
that it had embedded more than 50 communications channels
in a single test chip; the current industry benchmark
is four channels per chip. This can mean substantial savings
in power usage, board space and cost to NEMs.
Agilent provides crucial enabling
technologies in imaging, including image sensors and processors
used by digital-camera manufacturers. By years end,
we had shipped more than 15 million optical position sensors
for computer mice the heart of a tiny digital
camera that takes 1,500 pictures per second of the surface
beneath the mouse.
This year we agreed to acquire
the Optical Technology Center (OTC) from Telecom Italias
central research laboratory. OTC provides critical intellectual
property and design talent to speed next-generation optical
transceivers to market.
2000, Agilents chemical analysis business
implemented a new DNA microarray program that enables researchers
to access genetic information quickly and cost-effectively.
We announced plans to open a new 15,000-square-foot DNA microarray
production facility within the companys Santa Clara,
We are collaborating with Rosetta
Inpharmatics, Inc. on its Resolver Expression Data Analysis
System, which enables researchers to store, retrieve and perform
high-level analysis of the massive amounts of data generated
in genetic research.
We brought out two new LabChip
kits for use with the Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer lab-on-a-chip
platform. Working with Caliper Technologies Corp., we
introduced the DNA 500 LabChip kit, which automates the analysis
of DNA fragments to determine their size and concentration.
This business also collaborated
with Caliper on the Protein 200 LabChip kit, designed
for protein chemists, biochemists and molecular biologists
who analyze proteins that are created by genes and that implement
genetic instructions in people and other organisms.