Agilent Technologies' latest sensor technology powers new Logitech Optical Mouse family

Agilent optical navigation sensor enables Logitech MX Optical Engine Mice with enhanced performance, greater control and better handling on a wider variety of surfaces

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 23, 2002

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced that its latest optical navigation sensor technology is the key component of the new Logitech (Nasdaq: LOGI) (Switzerland: LOGN, LOGZ) MX Series of performance optical mice. Introduced today, the Logitech MX Series is based on the latest advancements in optical and digital radio cordless technologies and includes the Logitech® MX™ 700 Cordless Optical Mouse, Logitech® MX™ 500 Optical Mouse, and Logitech® MX™ 300 Optical Mouse.

Agilent's new sensing technology powers Logitech's MX Optical Engine, providing image processing power of 4.7 megapixels of surface information per second for enhanced tracking. The sensor also captures more surface area per image to provide smooth, fluid tracking, and offers 800 counts-per-inch (CPI) resolution, enabling more accurate cursor control on larger 17- and 19-inch screens. The most impressive feature of the new optical engine is its ability to track movements up to an acceleration of 10g, and a maximum speed of 40 inches per second. This feature provides significantly enhanced tracking on a wider variety of surfaces.

"We are pleased to be working in conjunction with Agilent, the company that invented optical navigation sensing technology, on the MX Series, the highest performing optical mice available today," said Chris Bull, director of retail pointing devices at Logitech’s Control Devices business unit. "This collaboration to deliver next-generation mouse technology has been a rewarding one. Logitech will continue its mission to enhance the user's computing experience and we are glad that Agilent was able to contribute their expertise in optical technology."

"This high performance optical mouse sensor further demonstrates Agilent's continued commitment to innovation and leadership in the optical mouse market," said Jason Hartlove, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Sensor Solutions Division. "We believe that consumers will really appreciate the vastly enhanced performance and high-end styling of Logitech's new MX Series."

Agilent pioneered optical sensing for mouse technology and supplies these sensors to all mouse manufacturers worldwide. The company has shipped over 75 million navigation sensors for optical mice to date.

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 37,000 employees serve customers in more than 120 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $8.4 billion in fiscal year 2001. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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