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Agilent Technologies Adds ATM25 Interface Module to Internet Advisor; Enhancement will Support Protocol and Performance Testing Features.

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 10, 1999--

Agilent Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard Company, announced today that it has upgraded its Internet Advisor tool to serve enterprise and public network managers who depend on the ATM25 (asynchronous transfer mode 25.6 Mbps) interface.

The Internet Advisor system software release 11.2, which will ship later this month, will include support for a new plug-in interface module (J3766A) for ATM25, originally invented by IBM for "ATM to the desk-top" applications but now more commonly used in ADSL, set-top box and wireless applications.

The module will support all of the performance-testing features of more recent Internet Advisor ATM modules, such as quality of service (QoS) and policing measurements, test traffic shaping, SVC call set-up and ELAN join. It will also integrate all of the protocol analysis capabilities typically associated with the Internet Advisor.

"With the growing use around the world of the ATM25 interface for ADSL-related applications, Agilent's goal is to make sure that the Internet Advisor anticipates and delivers the features that enterprise and public network managers need to keep their networks trouble-free," said Bill Mortimer, general manager of the Agilent Network Systems Test Division. "The J3766A ATM25 module used with Agilent's Internet Advisor provides just the advanced features needed for helping customers install and troubleshoot these applications."

ATM25, which provides a proven match for interfacing to an ADSL modem on the customer premises, is offered as part of an ATM over ADSL solution by telecommunications companies in several countries.

Dual, Simultaneous ATM Analysis and New Decodes

Internet Advisor 11.2 adds the capability to test at two ATM interfaces (similar or different) simultaneously. This allows QoS performance testing to be executed between ATM interfaces of differing rates (e.g., OC-3c/ STM-1 and ATM25) or simultaneous protocol analysis at different interfaces.

It also adds AAL-2 (ITU-T I.363.2 and I.366.1) and B-ISUP decodes to the Internet Advisor. AAL-2 is the ATM adaptation layer associated with short, delay-sensitive packets and its inclusion in the Internet Advisor complements the existing decodes for AAL-1, AAL-3/4 and AAL-5.

The B-ISUP network-node interface (NNI) signaling decodes complement the existing user-network interface signaling decodes (ATM Forum UNI 3.0, 3.1 and 4.0) present in the Internet Advisor, extending the testing of ATM switched virtual circuits to the network core.

E3 Frame Relay, PPP and HDLC Added

Internet Advisor 11.2, using the ITU-T G.751 framing structure, adds new E3 (34Mbps) Frame Relay, PPP and HDLC capability to the J3759B DS3/E3 Cells and Frames module and the earlier 3759A module it replaces; both modules therefore now support DS3 and E3 ATM, Frame Relay, PPP and HDLC WAN technologies.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

Pricing for the Agilent J3766A starts at $14,900 and the J3759B starts at $12,500. These products are currently available for shipment; download details from the Web at www.agilent.com/comms/internetadvisor. The dual, simultaneous ATM analysis plus AAL-2 and B-ISUP decodes are included in the standard system software shipped with all Agilent Internet Advisors (release 11.2 and after) at no additional cost.

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies, Inc. is a diversified technology company, resulting from Hewlett-Packard Company's plan to strategically realign itself into two fully independent companies. With 42,000 employees serving customers in more than 120 countries, Agilent Technologies, as a subsidiary of HP, is a global leader in designing and manufacturing test, measurement and monitoring instruments, systems and solutions, and semiconductor and optical components. The company serves markets that include communications, electronics, life sciences and healthcare. The businesses comprising Agilent had net revenues of more than $8.3 billion in fiscal year 1999.

Information about Agilent Technologies can be found on the Web at www.agilent.com.

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