Agilent Technologies Inc.
) recently launched the Agilent EEs of EDA E4727A Advanced
Low-Frequency Noise Analyzer. It is an advanced device to gauge
and study flicker noise and random telegraph noise (RTN).
Flicker noise also known as 1/f noise or pink noise is a
low-frequency noise (LFN) generated mostly from electronic
devices due to material faults and coarseness. RTN is an
electronic noise that develops in semiconductors due to defects
caused by manufacturing processes and outer decay.
The software E4727A is devised to make swift and precise
measurements of LFN. It can support measurement of substrate
mapping and also reduce system noise. With these features,
accurate and consistent results can be easily obtained.
Substrate mapping or 'wafer mapping' is a procedure to present
the performance of semiconductor devices across a substratum via
mapping. It is represented in the form of a color-coded
In its latest product, Agilent has integrated computation
algorithms to offer a supercharged, fast measuring device that
should improve the manufacturing efficiency of semiconductors.
Agilent Technologies is a leading global measurement company,
which provides a variety of instrumentation solutions organized
under three groups -Electronic Measurement, Chemical Analysis and
Life Sciences. The primary areas where the company's test and
measurement products are used include semiconductor, industrial,
pharma, research, government, food processing, petrochemicals,
forensics and environment
In the last few years, Agilent has been increasing focus on the
life sciences, genomics, diagnostics and wireless test markets,
where it has made a few important acquisitions. In October last
year, Agilent entered into an agreement with ABC Instrumentacion
Analytica to acquire its assets.
Agilent's revenues in the first quarter were down 2.3%
sequentially but were more or less consistent with year-ago
levels. The major portion of revenues came from the Asia/Pacific
region, which contributed 37%, followed by the Americas with 33%
and Europe, which accounted for the balance.
However, earnings per share of 67 cents beat the Zacks Consensus
Estimate by a penny, helped by good expense control and a
Agilent's shares carry a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). Some better-ranked
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