Agilent Technologies Inc.
) launched the latest version of its flagship Advanced Design
System (ADS) 2012 software for its radio frequency (RF) and
microwave EDA platforms.
Agilent's ADS is an automatic electronic design software system
used by designers of RF, microwave and high-speed digital
applications products in the making of mobile phones, pagers,
wireless networks, satellite communications, navigation and radar
systems and high-speed data links.
The latest version of ADS comes with lots of improvement like
enhanced user interface, and dockable windows that will help the
users to quickly access frequently used dialog boxes. New functions
such as new component search and net navigator make it easier to
work with complex designs. Further, another new archive/un-archive
utility makes the sharing of the designs easier for the designers
in the workplace.
MMIC designers, signal integrity engineers, RFIC and RF &
Microwave board designers and RF system-in-package & RF module
designers use the ADS software.
RF Micro Devices Inc.
) has updated their process design kits (PDK) with the latest
Of course Agilent does have some formidable competition from
National Instruments Corporation
) among others.
According to a research by MarketsandMarkets, the RF components
(RFC) market is expected to reach $17.12 billion by 2017 at an
estimated CAGR (2012- 2017) of 19.4%. Agilent is well positioned to
leverage the increasing opportunity going forward.
There is ample room for growth if Agilent plays to its strengths
and remains committed to its customers by providing world class,
affordable test and measurement solutions. Agilent's testing
systems have proved to be effective in the past, enabling it to
build a strong position for itself. The electronic measurement
segment has been improving over the last few quarters as Agilent
has been launching new products.
Agilent's revenue in the third quarter was flat sequentially and
up 1.9% year over year, short of management's expectations of a
2-3% sequential increase ($1.77 billion to $1.79 billion).
The Electronic Measurement segment contributed 49.0% of revenue.
The weakness was on the computing/semiconductor sides of the
business. The Life Sciences segment generated 23.0% of revenue,
down 1.0% sequentially and up 2.1% from last year. The Chemical
Analysis segment generated 22.0% of third quarter revenue, down
8.8% sequentially and 7.0% year over year. The sequential decline
was largely because of weakness in food testing.
Currently, Agilent Technologies has a Zacks #5 Rank, implying a
short-term Strong Sell rating.
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