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Agilent Technologies announces agreement with Auriga Measurement Systems for device modeling systems

Agilent's IC-CAP parameter extraction software and instrumentation to be paired with Auriga's test instrumentation

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 25, 2005

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced an agreement with Auriga Measurement Systems to jointly develop and market integrated device-modeling systems for the semiconductor industry. The companies plan to pair Agilent's IC-CAP parameter extraction and device-modeling software and instrumentation with Auriga's test instrumentation. The first system planned is a pulsed-bias/pulsed-RF solution for isothermal characterization and modeling.

As part of this agreement, Auriga plans to develop software modules for Agilent's IC-CAP software, providing measurement and hardware drivers to allow data acquisition, and new device-model extraction routines for Auriga device models. Auriga also plans to port its Tajima advanced field effect transistor (FET) model into Agilent's Advanced Design System (ADS) and IC-CAP device-modeling software. This is to allow for advanced RF and microwave circuit and system simulations and for efficient model parameter extractions.

"Agilent remains committed to the device modeling market, with industry-leading modeling and simulation software and precision instrumentation," said Marc Petersen, marketing manager at Agilent's EEsof EDA division. "We look forward to our association with Auriga. Its modeling and device-characterization expertise provides the semiconductor industry with additional modeling technology as well as system integration and support services."

"For device models to keep up with the demands of today's designers and systems, we need to improve the device model as well as the measurements that drive the model," said Dr. Yusuke Tajima of Auriga. "The work in our lab has shown that only a truly isothermal model data acquisition system can provide a consistent data set. Pulsed IV and pulsed S-parameters are critical to better models."

Agilent's IC-CAP modeling software provides powerful characterization and analysis capabilities for today's semiconductor industry. It provides tools and industry-standard modeling routines for extracting and optimizing model parameters for model libraries, including custom models, specialized extraction routines, a customizable user interface, and statistical analysis for a wide variety of device and circuit parameters.

Additional information about Agilent's EDA products and applications is available at

About Auriga Measurement Systems LLC

Auriga Measurement Systems LLC is focused on delivering a new standard to the microwave community in the areas of Active/Passive Device Modeling, Characterization Systems, and Manufacturing Test Systems. Auriga believes that the close link between measurement science and device physics is critical to improving the current state of device modeling, and that a sound understanding of the basic physics of current active devices is necessary to properly design and implement the measurement systems used to derive device models. Auriga blends these diverse technologies under one organization with the intent to lead the industry to a higher modeling and measurement standard. Auriga is located at Suite 205, 650 Suffolk Street, Lowell, MA 01854. For additional information about the company, please visit, or call 978-441-1117.

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 28,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $7.2 billion in fiscal year 2004. Information about Agilent is available on the Web

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and subject to the safe harbors created therein. The forward-looking statements contained herein include, but are not limited to, information regarding the companies' plan to pair technologies; Auriga's plan to develop software modules for Agilent's device-modeling software; Auriga's plan to port its transistor model into Agilent's device-modeling software; Agilent's future involvement in the device modeling market; and the future demand for Auriga's technology in the semiconductor industry.

These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause Agilent's results to differ materially from management's current expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to risks associated with the rapid development of technology in our industries (including the semiconductor industry and the device modeling market), risks associated with increased competition and risks associated with the ability to successfully introduce new products at the right time, price and mix and other risks detailed in Agilent's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended July 31, 2005. Forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs and assumptions of Agilent's management and on currently available information. Agilent undertakes no responsibility to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement.

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