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Agilent moves up equipment sales scale

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Agilent Technologies has announced it advanced four places in an industry report ranking the world’s top 15 semiconductor equipment manufacturers - achieving the highest ranking among automated test equipment (ATE) suppliers for 2002.

The newly published industry rankings are derived from VLSI Research’s Executive Advisory, issued Feb. 21, 2003. According to the report, Agilent was the only ATE company to show sales growth in 2002.

“With the weak economy, the industry downturn continued during 2002. However, the industry still had a few bright spots,” said Risto Puhakka, vice president, VLSI Research. “The greatest leap was shown by Agilent who moved up four positions in overall semiconductor equipment suppliers ranking in 2002. They demonstrated tremendous momentum to move from a challenger position to become a leading player in semiconductor test equipment.”

The ATE industry has shrunk significantly in the last two years, decreasing the absolute sales differences between the top competitors to small numbers. However, the relative size of competitors has changed dramatically. In VLSI’s 2000 report, the top ranking company among ATE suppliers had twice the revenue of Agilent. In 2002, Agilent eliminated this large gap to receive the top ranking.

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