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Agilent Gets Hot-Pluggable

Claims industry-first hot-pluggable DWDM transceiver; demonstrates interoperability of its 10-gigabit serial Ethernet transceiver

March 18, 2002

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- OFC 2002 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the industry’s first hot-pluggable dense wavelength division multiplex (DWDM) transceiver, a device used to send multiple channels of data, voice or video over a single fiber optic link. The new device, slated for customer delivery later this year, will allow network service providers to plug in a DWDM transceiver exactly when and where it’s needed, and at any wavelength, reducing inventory costs. The transceiver will also eliminate system downtime during upgrades and service calls. And its multi-rate operation (from 155 Mb/s to 2.7 Gb/s) allows operators to offer flexible service. Network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) will also benefit from the new transceiver’s pluggability as it eliminates cumbersome fiber “pigtails” and pin through-hole devices that are difficult to assemble in high-volume systems. Additionally, Agilent’s hot-pluggable transceiver features integrated control of the laser and avalanche photodiode to reduce NEM design cycles and shorten time to market. Its integrated wavelength locker saves space and equips the platform for future high-density DWDM applications. “As the world’s volume leader in fiber optic transceivers, we’re pleased to bring Agilent’s trademarks of quality, ease-of-use and high value to the DWDM transceiver market,” said David Chown, general manager of Agilent’s Telecom Fiber Optic Component Business Unit. “Our customers will benefit from reduced downtime and inventory costs.” In a separate release:Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced that it has successfully demonstrated interoperability between its 10 Gigabit serial Ethernet (GbE) XENPAK optical transceiver and XAUI SerDes from PMC-Sierra, Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and Texas Instruments. Network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) can now focus on the system level aspects of their design rather than verifying connectivity between the transceiver and SerDes chip, which translates to fewer design iterations and faster time to market. “Proving interoperability between Agilent’s 10 GbE XENPAK optical transceiver with these networking IC leaders provides a true 10 Gigabit PHY solution for today’s leading edge network equipment designs,” said Tom Fawcett, product marketing manager for Agilent’s Networking Solutions Division. “Enterprise switch and router OEMs are anxious to deploy 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology as it will offer their customers greater bandwidth, speed and reduced costs.”Agilent Technologies Inc. For more information on OFC 2002, please visit: www.nottheofc.com

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