Agilent to acquire part of Centellax

SANTA ROSA -- Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: A), whose Electronic Measurements Group is based in Santa Rosa, today announced it signed a deal with Centellax to acquire the 11-year-old Santa Rosa company's test-and-measurement business.

The sale is expected to close in two weeks. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

Privately held Centellax ( designs and manufactures high-speed analog semiconductor products for 40-, 100- and 400-gigabit-per-second optical communications as well as wireless and microwave applications. That includes bit-error ratio testers and signal generators used for testing high-speed digital communication systems and components.

Centellax's component business isn't part of this transaction.

"We are very pleased by the opportunity this transaction represents for Centellax T&M's customers and employees," said Julio Perdomo, who started Centellax in 2001 and is chief executive officer. "We are proud of the team and the product line we have designed, built and brought to market. Looking into the future, I am confident that under Agilent's leadership this business unit will thrive."

Agilent, which prides itself in leading the market for testing high-speed digital data interfaces, said Centellax has become a recognized private- and public-sector supplier of test products for high-speed communications. Centellax's test and measurement business augments Agilent's current position and ongoing investments to cover all requirements in digital I/O and optical transceiver test from deep characterization in R&D to cost-effective test in manufacturing up to and beyond 32G.

"We are very excited about combining the strengths of both companies in the BERT application space," said Juergen Beck, general manager of Agilent's Digital and Photonic Test Division. "Adding Centellax's products and technology enables us to address the complete life cycle needs of our customers and underlines our commitment to this industry."

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