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Agilent Inc. (A - Analyst Report) is collaborating with the University of Michigan to support the latter’s solar-car engineering program.

Agilent will provide some of the latest oscilloscopes, including a 200-MHz capacitive touch-screen oscilloscope, a handheld oscilloscope along with a triple-output power supply.

Agilent’s new oscilloscopes will help electric engineers and drivers to view and analyze small signals. The additional color touch-screen used in these products will help engineers to differentiate between signals. It will also offer optional integrated mixed-signal oscilloscope (MSO) capability, used for extensive verification of electronic product designs and debugging digital circuits. Hence, these new oscilloscopes will offer the most accurate measurement.

Additionally, handheld oscilloscope, featuring dual waveform zoom, a high-resolution VGA TFT LCD display for wide viewing angles, a fully integrated digital multimeter and data-logging. These features will help the solar-car team to troubleshoot their car and subsystems. The triple-output power supply offered by Agilent will speed up the design process.

The collaboration is expected to be beneficial for the University students as they will be able to access the latest technology and address varied challenges in the industry, which will in turn increase their employability.

Oscilloscopes are used in various technical fields. They are used extensively for control and sensor monitoring in automotive and aerospace applications, as well as in a broad range of industrial and medical equipment applications. They also play an important role in the analysis of video quality in televisions and for monitoring vital functions in electrocardiogram and electroencephalogram instruments.

The global digital oscilloscope market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.4% over the period 2012–2016, according to TechNavio, owing to a surge in demand for self-monitored and signal storage facilities.

Agilent’s success at leading universities comes from its superior technology and comprehensive portfolio. The company regularly updates its portfolio to maintain its leadership position.

Agilent Technologies is a broad-based original equipment manufacturer of test and measurement equipment. Agilent’s revenues in the third quarter were down 4.6% sequentially and 4.1% year over year to $1.65 billion. However, earnings per share of 68 cents exceeded 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 are performing well at current levels include SanDisk (SNDK - Analyst Report), Syntel Inc. (SYNT - Snapshot Report) and Silicom Ltd. (SILC). All these stocks carry a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

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