Agilent, SoftWIRE Create .NET GUI for T&M Instrument Control

6/24/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) and SoftWIRE Technology announced an agreement to integrate the Agilent T&M Toolkit into SoftWIRE's graphical programming interface, providing the industry's first graphical test and measurement (T&M) solution for Microsoft(r) Visual Studio .NET. By using T&M Toolkit instrument-connectivity components, tools and add-ins through SoftWIRE, programmers and non-programmers alike can create applications involving measurement instruments quickly and easily.

"The addition of the Agilent T&M Toolkit to SoftWIRE's library of controls gives programmers access to valuable Agilent instrument connectivity tools and components in a graphical programming system built on Microsoft Visual Studio .NET," said Bendrix Bailey, CEO of SoftWIRE Technology. "This first step in aligning two great software applications with the premier open standard programming environment is a giant step forward for the test and measurement professional."

The Agilent T&M Programmers Toolkit version 1.1 is an easy-to-use, open standard software development suite that supports both Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003. The T&M Toolkit helps engineers boost productivity, reduce costs and accelerate time to market by providing a simplified process to create, debug and run T&M control software. The T&M Toolkit extends the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET platform with integrated software tools and components designed to communicate with, and configure, acquire, analyze and display data from test instruments and test systems.

SoftWIRE is an open-standard graphical programming interface for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 that enables engineers to create managed code applications without writing complicated textual code. With SoftWIRE's intuitive graphical programming environment, engineers construct graphical programs using icons that represent Microsoft Visual Studio .NET components, connected by wire components, to quickly and simply create and execute a program.

"The reseller agreement with SoftWIRE Technology extends the reach of the Agilent T&M Programmers Toolkit to SoftWIRE's broad programmer market, as well as provides our customers additional Visual Studio .NET tools and capabilities," said Mark Pierpoint, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Measurement and Analysis, Systems and Technologies Division. "Agilent remains committed to providing its customers with a choice of programming tools, and the introduction of this new SoftWIRE and T&M Toolkit package gives our customers a powerful new instrument and system control programming option."

The combined new software tools are expected to be sold by SoftWIRE beginning in July 2003. Additional information on the T&M Toolkit is available at Additional information on SoftWIRE is available at

Agilent T&M Software and Connectivity
Agilent is a leading provider of a wide range of test and measurement instruments, solutions, systems and services for the electronics and wireless communications industries. By aligning its T&M product line with PC industry standard I/O and the open programming environment of Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, Agilent provides engineers with fast, transparent physical connectivity for their measurement solutions. More information is available at

About SoftWIRE Technology
SoftWIRE Technology, a privately-held company based in Middleboro, Massachusetts, was founded three years ago to fill a void in the graphical programming sector. The product line is now in its fourth generation and has more than 1300 clients in the US alone. Our clients use the SoftWIRE platform to develop applications that assist them in their daily business. They have solutions implemented that automate business processes common to all types of business and in all industries.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 32,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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