Agilent Introduces Parametric Test Systems with Linux Support

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today announced that its 4070 Series Advanced Parametric Test Systems are the industry’s first production parametric testers to support Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Because Linux is well established and runs on a PC platform, Agilent’s customers can lower ownership costs and improve price performance. Agilent will continue to provide support for HP-UX 11i and offer easy migration to Linux for existing customers running HP-UX 11i, including SPECS and SPECS-FA.

Agilent 4070 Series Advanced Parametric Test Systems

“Linux has been well received as Agilent’s next-generation controller platform for the 4070 series in an extensive evaluation program with our customers,” said Minoru Ebihara, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Hachioji Semiconductor Test Division. “Linux offers our customers a powerful and stable operating environment and an easy migration from HP-UX.”

Additional Product Improvements
In addition to Linux support, the company has announced support for Agilent’s new E4980A LCR meter, speed improvements in the HS-CMU (High-Speed Capacitance Measurement Unit) for the 4072B and 4073B models, and several SPECS and SPECS-FA usability enhancements.

  • Agilent E4980A LCR Meter: The E4980A replaces the Agilent 4284A, which will be discontinued in March 2007. The E4980A is command-compatible with 4284A, allowing customers to use existing programs without any modifications.
  • HS-CMU Improvements: Agilent has improved the measurement speed of the 4072B and 4073B HS-CMU. Depending on HS-CMU setting measurement, the enhanced HS-CMU speed is now as much as two to three times faster than earlier versions.
  • Test Efficiency Improved with New SPECS 3.1 and SPECS-FA 3.1: The overall usability of SPECS and SPECS-FA has been enhanced and incorporates new features to improve test operation and throughput. This includes a recipe and library management feature that allows engineers to change a test plan and algorithm dynamically without stopping test execution. Also included are a new algorithm profiler and smart prober library. The profiler provides test-time information to help users find measurement bottlenecks. The prober library improves throughput due to more efficient prober control.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent 4070 Series with Linux can be ordered beginning October 1, including SPECS 3.1 and SPECS-FA 3.1 for Linux. Pricing for the Agilent 4070 Series with Linux starts at $250,000.

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 revenue of $5.1 billion in fiscal 2005.