Agilent Technologies and SynTest Agree to Offer Chip Design Consulting Services

Alliance Objective to Reduce the Cost of Test by Up to 50 Percent

PALO ALTO and SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 3, 2000-- Agilent Technologies Inc.(NYSE:A - news) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with SynTest Technologies Inc.,a leading electronic design automation (EDA) and design-for-test (DFT) firm, to provide chip design consulting services. SynTest will initially work with Agilent customers as they design chips with multiple functional blocks, which are capable of being tested concurrently instead of sequentially, resulting in a significant cost-of-test reduction.

``As system-on-a-chip (SOC) devices become increasingly complex, manufacturers are integrating more functions on each chip,'' said Tom Newsom, vice president and general manager of Agilent's SOC Business Unit. ``Testing functional blocks of SOC devices concurrently will shorten the test time dramatically, thus representing a significant breakthrough in the overall cost of test. Our proposed alliance with SynTest will enable us to provide customers with the information they need to make this test cost reduction a reality.''

``We are very pleased that Agilent is considering us for concurrent test consulting services,'' said L.T. Wang, president of SynTest. ``Our goals have always been to help reduce the cost of test and debug, and to improve quality.''

SynTest Test Services for Agilent Customers

SynTest would be offering Agilent customers backend test services, which include test program development, silicon debug, production test management and yield improvement. These services reduce test cost by taking advantage of Agilent's concurrent test architecture, and improve debug time and time to market by adding experienced SynTest consulting engineers to the team to build design for debug (DFD) tools for silicon debug and test.

About SynTest

SynTest Technologies Inc., develops and markets DFT, logic and memory BIST synthesis, boundary scan, ATPG and fault simulation software tools and offers consulting services throughout the world to the electronics industry, in particular, the networking, communications, Internet appliance, and computer companies.

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About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A - news) is a diversified technology company with approximately 46,000 employees serving customers in more than 120 countries. Agilent is a global leader in designing and manufacturing test, measurement and monitoring instruments, systems and solutions, and semiconductor and optical components. In fiscal year 1999, Agilent had net revenue of more than $8.3 billion. The company serves markets that include communications, electronics, life sciences and healthcare.

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This news release contains forward-looking statements (including without limitation, information regarding cost-of-test reduction savings) that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause the results of Agilent Technologies to differ materially from management's current expectations. Other risks are detailed in Agilent's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended October 31, 1999, and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 31, 2000, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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