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Agilent Technologies Introduces World’s First Handheld Digital Multimeter Equipped with OLED Display


SANTA CLARA, Calif., Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced the U1253A handheld digital multimeter (DMM), the first DMM to use an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display. For on-the-go and benchtop applications, the OLED readout provides a 2000:1 contrast ratio, a 160-degree viewing angle, smoothed fonts and a “large display” mode to ensure crystal-clear indoor viewing.

The U1253A expands Agilent’s U1250 Series of handheld DMMs. Designed to simplify electronic troubleshooting and validation, these high-performance instruments enable engineers and technicians to complete their day-to-day tasks without being confined to the bench.

All three U1250 Series DMMs provide useful benefits that help simplify analysis, accelerate glitch detection and simplify probing of hard-to-reach points:

* Precision: Key specifications are 4.5-digit resolution with 50,000-count full-scale dual display and basic accuracy of up to 0.025 percent. All offer simultaneous measurements and provide the flexibility to quickly perform validation tests, tolerance checks and marginal-failure troubleshooting.
* Versatility: Beyond basic DMM functions, the models include capabilities such as temperature measurements, automated data-logging (with the optional PC-interface cable) and, in the U1252A, a 20-MHz frequency counter and a programmable square-wave generator.
* Accessories: The U1251A and U1252A include, at no extra cost, a wide range of essential accessories: alligator clips; fine-tip test probes; SMT and mini grabbers; and a soft carrying case. The U1253A includes a set of standard test leads and alligator clips.

“Adding an OLED display to a high-performance handheld DMM represents a new level of ’visionary’ innovation in our growing line of low-cost solutions,” said Ee Huei Sin, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Basic Instruments Division. “It also reaffirms our commitment to go beyond essential product features to include extra capabilities that help our customers do more in a wider range of situations.”

Agilent’s line of handheld DMMs also includes the U1240 Series, which allow users to check more with wide measurement ranges, true RMS readings and a 10,000-count display. The U1240 DMMs also simplify maintenance tasks with harmonic-ratio, dual-temperature and differential-temperature capabilities as well as a built-in switch counter. Prices for this series range from $200 to $220.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The Agilent U1253A is priced at $449 and is available now worldwide.

More information about the Agilent U1250A Series handheld DMMs can be found at High-resolution images are available at

About Agilent Technologies’ Low-Cost Instruments

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 and analogZONE’s Best Value Portable Test Equipment.

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 20,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2007. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at


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