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Agilent Technologies Introduces Next-Generation Hybrid Multimeter/Power Supply and Simple, Affordable Multimeters


SANTA CLARA, Calif., Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced three test instruments that offer new levels of functionality and value. One instrument is a next-generation hybrid that combines a digital multimeter (DMM) and a power supply in one unit. The other two introductions, a pair of DMMs, provide basic capabilities and solid performance at affordable prices.

The Agilent U3606A multimeter/DC power supply is a convenient hybrid that combines a 51/2-digit DMM and a 30W dual-range power supply. Unlike most “source-and-measure” devices, the DMM and power supply can operate simultaneously and independently, providing efficient, affordable testing and saving space on the bench or in a rack. The DMM includes essential multimeter capabilities as well as four-wire milliohm measurements and eight math functions. The power supply adds overvoltage and overcurrent protection plus additional output capabilities such as auto scan and ramp, and a square-wave generator.

The DMMs are the Agilent U3401A and U3402A, which provide 41/2- and 51/2-digit resolution, respectively. Designed for educational, electronics and communications applications, these elegantly simple models also include up to six built-in math functions and a lock slot for physical security.

“With two fully independent devices in one unit, the U3606A hybrid establishes a new category of space-saving instrumentation,” said Ee Huei Sin, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Basic Instruments Division. “Collectively, these additions to our low-cost line bring greater convenience and affordable, just-right capability to virtually any bench or test system.”

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The Agilent U3606A multimeter/DC power supply is priced at $1,199 and is available now in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. The product will be available in Japan on June 15.

Prices for the Agilent U3401A and U3402A DMMs are $449 and $599, respectively. Both are available now worldwide.

More information about the Agilent U3606A can be found at More information about the Agilent U3401A and U3402A can be found at

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About Agilent Technologies’ Low-Cost Instruments (LCI)

An increasing number of field engineers and technicians worldwide are asking for measurement instruments that can be easily transported for installation and maintenance activities. To meet these needs, instruments must have three key attributes: mobility, accuracy and affordability.

Agilent’s low-cost instrument initiative is focused on providing high-value test equipment in these key areas. Products include bench, handheld and modular devices such as basic power supplies, benchtop and handheld digital multimeters, handheld oscilloscopes, USB data acquisition devices, display testers, Agilent VEE software, and connectivity gateways. The industry has taken note: The Agilent U1600A Series of oscilloscopes was voted Product of the Year by readers of Elektronik magazine, and the Agilent U1250A Series of digital multimeters was named an EDN Hot 100 Product, analogZONE’s Best Value Portable Test Equipment and Test & Measurement World’s Best in Test finalist. The Agilent VEE software is Test & Measurement World’s Best in Test winner for the test-software category.

More information about Agilent LCI is available on the Web at
About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company’s 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.8 billion in fiscal 2008. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at


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