Agilent to acquire AT4 Wireless test business

July 17, 2012 // By Nick Flaherty
Agilent Technologies is to buy the test systems divison of Spanish test house AT4 Wireless for an undisclosed sum.

The Test Systems business includes 130 employees in Malaga, who will transfer to Agilent when the acquisition is final. AT4 wireless’ other businesses – Testing & Certification Services and IT Services & Solutions – are not part of the pending acquisition by Agilent.
The wireless test portfolio from AT4 wireless will enable Agilent to offer its customers an even broader set of test solutions, especially in the rapidly growing LTE market. In addition, the acquisition will expand Agilent’s wireless test footprint by adding NFC/RFID and Bluetooth test solutions for conformance and R&D. The acquisition is expected to be completed by early August.
“We are very excited to further extend our lead in wireless test by adding products, test coverage and critical talent through this acquisition,” said Guy Séné, president of Agilent’s Electronic Measurement Group. “LTE represents the future of wireless communications, and AT4 wireless has a proven track record of delivering innovative conformance and R&D test solutions to the market, when the market needs them.”
“We have worked successfully with Agilent for many years, and see this acquisition as a natural fit for both parties,” said Luis Fernando Martinez, general director of AT4 Wreless. “Going forward, AT4 Wireless will continue growing internationally, investing in new testing services to better serve the wireless industry, expanding services for carriers globally and building new testing services in emerging wireless markets.”
The Test Systems business has combined the experience gained from 17 years of certification testing activities with advanced system designs and architectures. These test platforms are widely used in the industry, from test houses to chipset manufacturers.