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MindShare and Agilent announce an agreement to jointly provide training classes for hardware and software development engineers. (7/23/2007)

Companies Offer Joint Training Classes Including PCI Express, SATA/SAS and DDR, Provide Technical Expertise and Test Tools Enabling Faster Time to Market 

SANTA CLARA, Calif., and COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., July 23, 2007

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) and MindShare Inc., a technical training provider and technical book authoring company for high-tech companies, today announced an agreement to jointly provide training classes for hardware and software development engineers.

By using screen captures of Agilent protocol analyzers, logic analyzers and oscilloscopes, the theory-based teaching experience will be augmented and enhanced with practical examples illustrating the nature and challenges of a variety of technologies. The open enrollment and customized classes offer students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of a particular technology while seeing test tools in action, thus addressing and overcoming the complexities of the technology. Students will use Agilent test and debug tools to learn how to put theoretical elements of the training into practice.

"With support for the PCI Express(R) technology from members like Agilent and Mindshare, PCI-SIG continues to help enable PCIe(R) for the entire industry," said Al Yanes, PCI-SIG chairman and president. "By working with Agilent, MindShare will be able to enhance its training courses and students will benefit from a more complete training experience. This leads to new products based on PCIe getting more quickly and efficiently to market."

Agilent and MindShare will begin this collaboration by hosting open-enrollment MindShare training for PCI Express at the Agilent Santa Clara, Calif., site July 17-20 and Sept. 10-13.

"These joint training classes help us support our customers, quickly getting them up to speed on complex and leading-edge technologies," said Siegfried Gross, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Digital Verification Solutions Division. "The scheduled PCI Express seminars will help design engineers understand and implement the latest specification, PCI Express 2.0, and get the best of both worlds: training expertise in PCI Express technology from MindShare plus experience with industry-leading PCI Express test tools from Agilent."

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The MindShare training classes can be booked online at; prices depend on the course selected.

About MindShare

MindShare Inc. is a world-class leader in providing highly technical and innovative trainings. MindShare was founded in 1988 to bring architecture-related training to the hardware and software design communities. Its customer base has grown to over 110 corporations in 15 countries on four continents.

MindShare is known as the No. 1 resource for technical training among high-tech companies worldwide. Its instructors are knowledgeable in a broad range of system architecture topics, giving them the ability to answer system related questions and to customize the course material to specific needs.

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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Janet Smith, Agilent
+1 970 679 5397

Johanna Vallecillo
Weber Shandwick, for Agilent
+1 408 685 0615

Don Anderson, MindShare
+1 719 510 5560