Agilent Technologies Inc
) recently unveiled a metrology option for its PNA (Peptide
Nucleic Acid) network analyzers. The newly-added option aims at
offering national metrology institutes and calibration
laboratories accurate S-parameter measurement. The offering is
priced $84,130 onwards.
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A network analyzer measures the network parameters of electrical
networks. These days, network analyzers measure s-parameters
(scattering parameters) as reflection and transmission of
electrical networks can be measured easily at high frequencies
rather than at low frequencies.
Metrology laboratories primarily look for stability and
measurement in a network analyzer. However, majority of the
available solutions failed to depict thermal stability. Agilent's
new solution is equipped with a technique that can characterize
thermal stability of its network analyzers, independent of the
effects from cables and adapters.
Metrology laboratories benefit from the enhanced performance of
the PNA family, largely as a result of the new option, which
addresses specific measurement needs.
According to a latest research report from TechNavio's analysts,
the Global Liquid Analytical Instrument market is expected to
grow at a CAGR of 6.39% over the period 2012-2016, driven by the
growing need for better analysis. Agilent's acquisitions, new
products and testing systems will definitely help it to benefit
from this growth.
Agilent Technologies is a broad-based original equipment
manufacturer of test and measurement equipment. The company's
third-quarter revenues were down 4.6% sequentially and 4.1% year
over year to $1.65 billion. However, earnings per share of 68
cents beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 6 cents or 9.6%,
helped by solid cost management.
Currently, Agilent has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Other stocks that
look attractive this season are
Microchip Technology Inc
) with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), and
NXP Semiconductors NV
), both with a Zacks Rank # 2 (Buy).