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Agilent Technologies Inc (A - Analyst Report) 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.

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 management.

Agilent currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Other technology companies that look attractive at this time are Micron Tech (MU - Analyst Report) and SanDisk Corp (SNDK - Analyst Report) with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and National Instruments Corp (NATI - Snapshot Report) with a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
 

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