Connectorless Probe reduces capacitive loading by 80%.

Press Release Summary:

Model E5394A soft touch probe enables direct connection from probe to targets on PCB without use of adapter. In connectorless probing applications, array of probe pads are used for validating digital designs to help streamline design process. Single-ended, 34-channel probe is compatible with all Agilent logic analyzers that use 40-pin connector interface. Product uses micro spring-pin technology to enable reliable connection to probe pads.

Original Press Release:

Agilent Technologies' Connectorless Probes Offer Lowest Electrical Loading for All Its Logic Analyzer Users

New Probes Reduce Capacitive Loading by 80 percent for Minimal Affect on System Performance, Provide Industry's Smallest Footprint for Simplified Design Validation

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 2, 2003 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the availability of connectorless probes that offer the industry's lowest electrical loading for all its logic analyzer users. The Agilent E5394A soft touch probe enables a direct connection from the probe to targets on a printed circuit board without the use of an adapter. This reduces capacitive loading by 80 percent, compared to other connectorless solutions, minimizing the affect of the probe on system performance. In addition, the new Agilent soft touch probe footprint is 70 percent smaller than other connectorless solutions, simplifying the validation of high-speed digital designs that are tight on space or that require minimal disruption of signal routing.

In connectorless probing applications, the connector traditionally used for validating digital designs is replaced by an array of probe pads. This helps design engineers in the computer, semiconductor and communications industries to streamline the design process. In addition, the easy-to-use Agilent E5394A soft touch probes don't require special cleaning or special surface finishes of the probe pads to make a reliable connection.

"Agilent is the first vendor to make available the full benefits of connectorless probing across its full line of logic analyzers for engineers developing high-speed circuit designs," said Ron Nersesian, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Design Validation Division. "Customers continue to seek ways to make test time more efficient and reduce costs, and our soft touch probe eliminates the need for attaching connectors to a target system, offers lower electrical loading for more reliable tests, and has a small footprint for design convenience."

The E5394A soft touch probe is a 34-channel, single-ended, connectorless probe that is compatible with all Agilent logic analyzers that use a 40-pin connector interface. The Agilent E5394A soft touch probe uses micro spring-pin technology to enable reliable connection to the probe pads.

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U.S. Pricing and Availability

The Agilent E5394A soft touch probe is priced at $2,000 and can be ordered now, with shipments expected in July.

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 32,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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