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Agilent Technologies' Automated Optical Inspection System Validates Component Placement Performance

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SHANGHAI, China--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 4, 2006--Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today announced it has successfully completed a study with its Medalist SJ50 Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) solution to validate the 01005 component-placement performance of equipment manufacturer Fuji Machine Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Results from the joint component-placement study show that Agilent's system surpassed customer expectations in terms of accuracy and repeatability.

The electronics industry is seeing a rapid trend toward using small device packages on printed circuit board assemblies, from the common 0402 chip size to increasing use of 0201, and now 01005 chip size components.

As a result, the accuracy and repeatability of 01005 component placement on boards has become critical to printed circuit board assembly manufacturers, who in turn require equipment manufacturers to certify their equipment performance.

"Agilent is pleased to offer our leading-edge AOI solution to help Fuji verify its 01005 pick-and-place capability," said Kent Dinkel, AOI marketing manager, Agilent Technologies. "We will continue to introduce innovative imaging solutions to help our customers overcome new challenges brought on by ever-increasing needs for accuracy and repeatability as components become smaller and smaller."

"We have been using Agilent's AOI systems for our Surface Mount Technology equipment verification before shipping our systems to customers," said Sumio Kadomatsu, general manager of SMT Equipment Division, Fuji Machine Mfg. "In this collaborative study with Agilent to validate the placement performance of 01005 chip components, we were pleased that the Agilent Medalist SJ50 exceeded our measurement requirements in terms of accuracy and repeatability."

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