Agilent Technologies Inc (
) recently launched streaming and multiple channel integration
functionality for its M8190A high-speed arbitrary waveform
generator. The streaming and synchronization functionalities will
help to take simulation to the maximum extent. It is of great
help to engineers who work on applications like low-observable
tracking systems or communication systems with higher frequency.
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An arbitrary waveform generator is an electronic testing
instrument used for generating signals which are in the form of
waves. These signals may either be repetitive or non-repetitive,
in which case some kind of external or internal triggering source
may become necessary. The resultant signals are then introduced
into a device and tested.
The introduction of this new functionality marks a significant
step ahead for engineers. Prior to this, they could not alter AWG
signal waveforms during runtime. However, the use of Agilent's
Application Specific Integration Circuit or ASIC will enable
changes in frequency, amplitude and phase during flights. This
will facilitate margin tests during runtime.
Agilent is mainly involved in the manufacturing of measuring
instruments. Its Life Science segment offers liquid
chromatography systems, columns, tools and components. The
Chemical Analysis segment, on the other hand, offers gas
chromatography systems, tools and components.
Agilent's revenues in the third quarter were down 4.6%
sequentially and 4.1% year over year to $1.65 billion. The lion's
share of revenues came from the Asia/Pacific region, which
contributed 39%, followed by the Americas with 35% share and
Europe, which accounted for the balance. Though all three regions
declined from the last quarter, the decline was greatest in the
Americas (down 5.6%), followed by the Asia/Pacific (down 4.9%)
and Europe (down 2.8%). The Americas dropped 14.3% year over
year, Asia/Pacific remained flattish while Europe was up 6%.
However, earnings per share of 68 cents exceeded the Zacks
Consensus Estimate by 6 cents or 9.6%, helped by solid cost
Agilent currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Other technology
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