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Agilent Opens Telco R&D Unit in China

Technology and life sciences giant Agilent Technologies continues to expand its footprint in the Asia-Pacific region, announcing the opening of a new telecommunication research and development center in China.

Agilent cut the ribbon on the China Communications Operation (CCO) in Beijing to push R&D efforts on the region's burgeoning wireline and wireless communications industry. It said the CCO center would work on the design, development and marketing of products for Asia-Pacific customers.

Agilent is the number one supplier of electronic test and measurement products. It also generates revenue from semiconductor products and RF chipsets.

But, with the new CCO in place, the focus is now in the area of advanced software development in telco design, test and monitoring systems, Agilent said. Initially, the CCO will focus on telecommunication application development for installation, maintenance and operations support. This includes monitoring and troubleshooting application development and support based on Agilent's acceSS7 product families.

Agilent acceSS7 is a monitoring system that pinpoints degradation in network performance, and alerting of problems before customer service is impacted.

The Beijing center will also push application development for appliance R&D and manufacturing test software for the wireless sector. This includes the testing of application development for wireless handset R&D and manufacturing test software including TD-SCDMA, CDMA2000, and WCDMA.

It is also tasked with modeling and simulation software tools for speeding up the design of 3G wireless devices and components, Agilent said.

The opening of an R&D center in China comes less than a year after Agilent announced a multi-million investment package there. That announcement was followed by the rollout of the TD-SCDMA test software in April and the opening of the Shanghai Instrument Service Center in July.