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.

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