Patrick J. Byrne president of Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) Electronic Measurements Group recently visited Israel to open the company's new R&D center. Byrne said that due to developments in the communications industry and Israel's centrality in the wireless equipment industry the center would suit Agilent's new technology needs. "The wireless communications industry is undergoing convergence to IP. Technology such as WiMAX is based on this convergence, which is the future of mobility. There are many semiconductor companies in Israel working on solutions that will be the future of the mobile world. I see the convergence of market forces in Israel as something that enables us to be in the forefront of the semiconductor industry, solutions that will later go to equipment companies".