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Agilent Technologies Announces Plans to Expand EDA Product Portfolio to Include 3D Electromagnetic Simulation; New Product Direction Expected to Transform the Way 3D EM Software Is Priced, Offered for RF and Microwave Design.

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today announced a plan to expand its EDA product portfolio to include full 3D electromagnetic (EM) simulation. The new product direction is expected to transform the way 3D EM software is priced and offered to RF and microwave designers.

This announcement comes after the recent acquisition of Eagleware-Elanix, a leading supplier of easy-to-use, PC-based RF and microwave circuit and system simulation software, and is part of a larger strategy to expand Agilent's overall high-frequency EDA offering with a combination of internal development, partnerships and acquisitions.

"Today, many circuit simulation users are required to invest significant portions of their budgets for 3D EM tools that aren't part of their design flow," said Jim McGillivary, general manager with Agilent's EEsof EDA division. "At the same time, our installed base of customers is asking us to invest in a 3D EM simulator that is tightly integrated within their current circuit simulation design flow, which is exactly what we have decided to do. I believe that we can offer our customers powerful technology at a price that completely redefines this market."

Agilent plans to add a new product, set for introduction in the first half of 2006, that focuses on establishing a leading price-performance position for 3D EM simulation, similar to that held by Agilent's Eagleware product line. In addition, the development team will continually focus on integrating this technology with Agilent's circuit simulation software design platforms, which are now successfully used by over 30,000 RF and microwave designers worldwide. The roadmap includes capabilities such as direct links to layout, co-simulation, comparisons with planar EM simulation and many other powerful technologies not possible with today's expensive, disconnected, point-tool approaches.

"We feel confident in our strategy because we have had proven success by embedding our planar EM tool -- Momentum -- into the ADS flow," said McGillivary. "This has been a clear advantage for our customers, and we believe the same market success will be duplicated with this full 3D technology."

Partners will also remain a core part of Agilent's strategy. Over the years, the Agilent EEsof EDA division has amassed more than 100 industry corporate partners, consultants, alliances and university relationships. Agilent plans to continue this open approach as the company moves forward with its internal technology development.

"We intend to remain open to other 3D EM vendors interested in integrating with our core platforms -- ADS and GENESYS -- and an example of this is our continuing alliance with CST," said Charles Plott, director of product planning and strategic partnerships with Agilent EEsof EDA. "CST has great technology, and we recognize that our users benefit from additional choices."

More information about Agilent's EDA solutions is available at

Pricing and Availability

Customers will be able to access full 3D EM capability at approximately $15,000 per license. Final pricing will be announced at product introduction scheduled for the first half of 2006.

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 21,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $5.1 billion in fiscal 2005. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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