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Agilent Technologies’ Industry Expert Named as Prestigious IEEE Fellow

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 4, 2011 Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today announced that Doug Baney, a leader in one of Agilent’s advanced research laboratories, was named an IEEE Fellow for his contributions in the field of optical measurement and sensing.

“Doug is truly deserving of this significant recognition,” said Steve Newton, vice president and director, Agilent’s Measurement Research Laboratory. “He has earned an international reputation as a leader in the field of optical measurement and sensing and has become widely recognized as a world-class researcher during his 25 years at HP and Agilent. Doug has collaborated closely with Agilent’s photonic measurement business, and his innovations — and those of the teams he has managed — have resulted in products that provide significant value and impact.”

Baney, manager of Agilent’s measurement and sensors department is recognized for technical and leadership contributions in:

  • understanding and measuring laser-phase noise and noise in optical amplifiers, enabling the characterization of critical components that boost signal levels allowing long-distance transmission in modern optical communication systems;
  • developing the first diode-pumped, heavy-metal fiber lasers operating at the orange and blue wavelengths — at the time, the only way to realize compact lasers at these wavelengths;
  • developing the world’s first coherent optical spectrum and component analyzers, the former providing 1,000 times better spectral resolution than conventional grating-based optical spectrum analyzers — spectrum analyzers being fundamental tools in the design and implementation of advanced optical communications systems;
  • inventing and developing the world’s first laser mouse — a now-common computer accessory that can sense position on surfaces where conventional LED-based mice will not work; and
  • inventing and developing an optical complex modulation analyzer — a new class of instrument that characterizes complex modulation formats that allow greater information transmission on optical communication links.

About IEEE and the Fellow Recognition

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement. Only 321 individuals have been elevated to IEEE Fellow for 2011.

Dedicated to the advancement of technology, the IEEE publishes 30 percent of the world’s literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, and has developed more than 900 active industry standards. The association also sponsors or co-sponsors nearly 400 international technical conferences each year.

The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 385,000 members in 160 countries, the association is a leading authority in areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

Learn more about IEEE or the IEEE Fellow Program at

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, electronics and communications. The company’s 18,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2010. Information about Agilent is available at

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GateRocket Offers Unique FPGA Design Solution to Japan Through Distribution Agreement with Altima

BEDFORD, MA – January 5, 2011 – Citing strong overseas demand for its innovative verification and debug solutions for advanced FPGAs, GateRocket, Inc. continues to build out its global sales and support network, announcing an agreement with Altima Corporation, the leading Japanese electronic products distributor and solution provider. Altima is the third international distributor the company has retained this year, following announcements with India’s Trident Techlabs, and AcconSys in China.

“Advanced FPGAs are playing a larger role in the development of products around the world and the Japan market represents a large opportunity for us to offer our solution to increasingly difficult design challenges,” said GateRocket President and CEO, Dave Orecchio. “By teaming with Altima, which has a strong background in FPGAs through its relationships with Altera and Mentor Graphics, we are confident that our unique technology will be well represented and supported, and provide the verification and debug solutions FPGA designers need today.”

As FPGA device complexity and size continue to grow, design verification has become the primary time-to-market challenge. GateRocket offers the industry’s first Device Native® approach to the specific verification and debug challenges involved with the most advanced FPGAs. The company focuses exclusively on FPGA design.  Its RocketDrive® and RocketVision® products cut FPGA simulation and lab debug time in half versus traditional approaches. This is accomplished by integrating the FPGA into the simulation environment through the RocketDrive to enable a native execution of the design on the target FPGA device.  The accompanying RocketVision debugging tool provides unprecedented levels of visibility and patent-pending debug algorithms to enable engineers to track down and correct sources of design errors. By combining the actual FPGA hardware and RTL simulation models in the same verification run, GateRocket slashes verification and lab debugging time.

Altima’s existing relationships with GateRocket partners such as Altera and Mentor Graphics makes them well-positioned to deliver the company’s solutions to Japanese customers. GateRocket supports the latest versions of the Stratix® family from Altera with its RocketDrive system, and its verification solutions are widely used by Altera customers elsewhere in the world. GateRocket has also recently collaborated with Mentor on a streamlined verification-to-synthesis flow, a solution that is especially well-tuned for developers of FPGAs targeting safety-critical applications in military and aerospace markets – a growing market for Japanese-based design operations. The solution combines the performance and efficiency of GateRocket’s tool set for FPGA debug and verification with Mentor’s Precision® Synthesis solution, a high performance FPGA tool suite that is also the industry’s leading rad-tolerant synthesis-based solution. The integration allows designers to more efficiently verify and debug important high-reliability features such as synthesis-based triple modular redundancy (TMR) and compliance with safety-critical standards such as DO-254.

“Today, short turnaround but high quality system development is required by our customers. Altima recognizes a top priority for our customer is to improve their productivity,” said Toru Saito, Vice President Applications and Engineering at Altima.  “The GateRocket debug and verification system rapidly improves system development productivity. We believe the combination of GateRocket’s innovative solution and Altima’s technical knowledge of FPGA and development tools will shorten time for system development, addressing a major challenge for our customers.”

About Altima Corporation

Altima is a leading distributor and solution provider of electronics products ranging from semiconductors to software, subsystems and design services in Japan since its inception in 1991 as a 100% subsidiary of Macnica, Inc. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 7631), one of Japan’s largest independent distributors. Altima provides highly optimized sales and technical support for leading technology products from the entire world to its broad customer base through its extensive knowledge and experience in the technologies, market, customers and applications. Altima stands out for its capabilities to support its customers from product concept and definition, to mass production for their cutting edge end-products in various markets. For more information about Altima please visit

About GateRocket

GateRocket, Inc., located in Bedford, Mass., offers electronic engineers the first Device Native® verification and debug solution for advanced FPGA semiconductor devices. The company’s RocketVision® software debug tool and its RocketDrive hardware verification system enables users to verify and debug advanced FPGA designs faster and with higher quality for greatly improved time-to-market, and realize more reliable and predictable results. Learn more about GateRocket online at and sign up for a free webinar.

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