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Agilent Technologies Unveils AFM System that Combines Atomic Resolution with Versatility, Simplicity, Value


BOSTON, Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Booth 630, Nov. 28, 2006

Agilent Technologies (NYSE: A) today introduced the Agilent 5400 AFM/SPM system, a high-precision instrument offering atomic resolution for a variety of research, industry and teaching applications. The Agilent 5400 has easy-to-use features and an affordable price to make it appealing for a broad audience.

“The global explosion of nanoscience means that more researchers, engineers and educators need increased access to nanotechnology tools such as atomic force microscopy,” said Jeff Jones, operations manager for Agilent Nanomeasurements Division. “The Agilent 5400 offers the right balance of performance, versatility, upgradeability and ease-of-use at a reasonable price to make it the ideal tool for a wide range of markets.”

The Agilent 5400 is a modular system that can be used for applications in materials science, polymers, general surface characterization and nanolithography. The system also can be easily upgraded to the premier Agilent 5500 AFM/SPM.

Several features of the Agilent 5400 simplify its use. The scanner has quick-install nose cones, resulting in convenient switching of imaging modes; a scanner that snaps into place; open access to the sample plates; and simple alignment of optics. The system’s software, PicoView, is a completely new, robust design with streamlined GUIs for intuitive operation.

To increase its appeal as a teaching instrument, Agilent is including undergraduate curriculum materials with each system. “I was impressed with the Agilent 5400’s performance and versatility, combined with its ease-of-use,” said Jayne C. Garno, assistant professor of chemistry at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., where the system underwent beta testing. “It proved to be a serious scientific instrument with outstanding resolution, yet has an intuitive and user-friendly software interface. We even have seven undergraduates using it this semester.”

Agilent’s AFM products are part of Agilent’s complete nanotechnology portfolio. “Our nanotechnology products enable our customers to more easily and precisely explore new ideas and uncover new findings,” said Bob Burns, vice president and general manager of Agilent Nanomeasurements Division. “Nanotechnology is very important to Agilent because it is a common denominator between our two principle areas of business: electronic measurement and bio-analytical measurement.”

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies (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 revenue of $5.0 billion in fiscal 2006. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at


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