I/O Hardware features 1.15 MB/sec data transfer rate.

Press Release Summary:

Agilent 82357B provides direct connection from USB port on laptop or desktop PC to GPIB instruments. It features Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connectivity, and provides read performance for small block transfers in most buffer size ranges. Parallel polling allows response check from up to 8 instruments on single poll, and device includes industry-standard VISA I/O libraries software, so existing GPIB programs can be reused without modification.

Original Press Release:

Agilent Technologies Introduces I/O Hardware that Enables 35-Percent Faster Transfer Rate for Instrument Testing

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 22, 2007 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the release of its latest I/O hardware. Building on 33 years of GPIB experience, the Agilent 82357B includes Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connectivity, parallel polling for fast response check of instruments and an improved transfer rate of 35 percent from the previous USB/GPIB release.

At 1.15 MB/s throughput, the Agilent 82357B provides an outstanding read performance for small block transfers in most buffer size ranges. With the rising demand for lower startup costs across applications, the 82357B's competitive pricing allows an average of 13.8 percent savings on similar USB/GPIB interface.

"The release of the 82357B reaffirms Agilent's commitment to the market for high-performance connectivity solutions that are affordable and reliable," said Ee Huei Sin, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Basic Instruments Division. "And, our I/O products can be easily integrated into a system."

Agilent's range of I/O hardware also includes the 82350B high-performance PCI GPIB interface for Windows(r), E5810A LAN/GPIB gateway, E5805A USB/4-port RS-232 interface, E5813A networked 5-port USB hub, GPIB cables and adapter. The I/O hardware employs PC-standard interfaces so that GPIB and RS-232 instruments can adopt the simple plug-and-play setup and configuration. Being members of Agilent Open, they are easier to integrate into existing hardware and software.

The Agilent 82357B USB/GPIB Interface

The Agilent 82357B is an updated model of 82357A, which provides a direct connection from a USB port on a laptop or desktop PC to GPIB instruments. Its USB 2.0 connectivity offers easy plug-and-play setup, as well as a high-speed GPIB transfer rate of 1.15 MB/s or better. With parallel polling capability, it allows fast response check from up to eight instruments in a single poll. The 82357B comes with industry-standard VISA I/O libraries software, so existing GPIB programs can be reused without modification. Since it is backward compatible with USB 1.1, users can directly replace their 82357A with 82357B.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The Agilent 82357B USB/GPIB interface is available now. Pricing starts at $499. Customers may order online at www.agilent.com/find/OnlineStore.

More information about the Agilent 82357B USB/GPIB interface can be found at www.agilent.com/find/82357B ; information about Agilent I/O hardware is at www.agilent.com/find/io. High-resolution images are available at www.agilent.com/find/82357B_images.

About Agilent Open

Agilent Open is a versatile combination of test system hardware, I/O and software tools. It accelerates the creation of streamlined test systems that are easy to enhance and maintain by giving customers greater choice in measurements, connectivity and programming. Using these advantages, customers have more time to focus on what matters most -- the performance, reliability and delivery of their product. More information is available at www.agilent.com/find/open.

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies (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 www.agilent.com .

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