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Technologies Announces Series of First-to-Market Microwave Test Accessories for Communications, Aerospace/Defense Industries

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Agilent Technologies, Inc.
5301 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA, 95051

Press release date: January 2, 2007

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 2, 2007 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced a series of first-to-market, broadband microwave test accessories specifically optimized for communications and aerospace/defense applications. The innovations embedded in this industry-leading series provide broadband capability and enhanced measurement accuracy, which significantly expand the test and measurement capabilities in the communications and aerospace/defense industries.

Agilent's new series of microwave test accessories is comprised of a 67 GHz DC block, a 67 GHz fixed attenuator, a 50 GHz power limiter, and 50 GHz absorptive PIN diode SPDT and SP4T solid state switches. The N9398G DC Block provides excellent RF performance up to 67GHz with greater than 15 dB return loss, 1 dB insertion loss and excellent temperature stability. This increases measurement accuracy while suppressing DC signals that can often times damage test instrumentation.

The Agilent 8490G precision fixed attenuator exhibits excellent attenuation accuracy and a low standing-wave-ratio of 1.45 GHz up to 67GHz. It comes with six attenuation options: 3, 6, 10, 20, 30 and 40 dB.

The Agilent N9355F power limiter provides industry-leading broadband input protection from excess RF power, DC transients, electrostatic discharge and accidental power overloads for a variety of RF and microwave instruments and components. It has an integrated DC block at both input and output ports to block signals below 10 MHz and pass signals up to 50 GHz.

Agilent's 50GHz SPDT and SP4T solid state switches are characterized by high port-to-port isolation (above 90 dB) and a fast switching speed of less than 1 microsecond. These switches are ideal for applications in communication, radar and antenna test systems that require high-speed microwave switching up to 50GHz. Additionally, the absorptive characteristic of these switches provides good impedance matching, which increases measurement accuracy.

"As an industry leader and innovator in test and measurement solutions, Agilent is committed to fulfilling the need for the best RF performance across the widest frequency range," said Ee Keong Ban, general manager of Agilent's Electronics Measurement Group Test Accessory Operation. "That commitment is demonstrated today as we introduce these first-to-market test accessories, which will be key to ensuring today's engineers have the solutions they need to create the communications and aerospace/defense applications of tomorrow."

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The Agilent series of high-frequency test accessories is now available at the Agilent online store, or through local distributors and field engineers. Starting prices are as follows:

N9398G 700 kHz to 67 GHz DC block $735

8490G Coaxial fixed attenuator, DC to 67 GHz $802

N9355F 10 MHz to 50 GHz broadband power limiter $994

85331B Solid state switch, 45 MHz to 50 GHz, SPDT $3,062

85332B Solid state switch, 45 MHz to 50 GHz, SP4T $3,458

For information about Agilent's new coaxial fixed attenuator family, DC block collection, power limiters or solid state switches, go to,, and, respectively. Photos of the high-frequency test accessories are available at

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 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $5.0 billion in fiscal 2006. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at
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