Agilent Shortens Test-system Setup, Coding Time with Test Kit

8/26/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced the industry's first PC standards-based test kit that dramatically shortens test-system setup and coding times. Agilent's new Test Automation Kit enables engineers developing test systems for low-frequency applications to automatically load drivers, and activate, configure and verify test and measurement instruments in minutes, allowing engineers to conduct the first test in one hour or less.

The Agilent Test Automation Kit can be used with a wide range of Agilent's most popular low-frequency measurement instruments, including digital multimeters, switch units, switch modules and mainframes, function generators, frequency counters, power supplies and oscilloscopes. It is the first product to support multiple instruments using one of several common programming languages to enable individuals who aren't test experts to rapidly deploy unique test systems.

"The Test Automation Kit automatically integrates the world's most popular measurement instruments using the PC's USB port -- saving days and weeks typically spent configuring GPIB, RS-232 and MXI links," said Mark Pierpoint, vice president of Agilent's Multi-Industry Business Unit. "Agilent recognizes that tools that enable design engineers to focus on measurements rather than setting up test systems are critical in today's world of increased time-to-market pressures."

The Test Automation Kit includes new Test Express software that guides users through the complete test and measurement process in less than 60 minutes, versus the days and often weeks now required. The software's easy-to-use graphical interface simplifies the activation and verification of test instruments and systems. The Test Express software also comes with more than 200 sample programs that can be customized for particular applications to help speed the development of new test programs. Test Express software works with Microsoft(r) Excel, Microsoft Visual Basic 6, Agilent VEE, NI LabVIEW, Microsoft C# or Microsoft Visual Basic .NET.

Included in the kit is an Agilent USB/GPIB converter for simple I/O connections, a wiring harness to enable easy connections from the switch, and a test module to enable quick verification of the test system. In addition, the Test Automation Kit includes two hours of expert consulting services from Agilent to help engineers optimize their test system.

Further Information
Information about the Agilent Test Automation Kit is available at A video demonstration of the Test Automation Kit is available at A backgrounder containing additional information about the use of open standard software in the test and measurement industry and Agilent's Test Automation Kit is available at

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent N1908A Test Automation Kit is priced at $1,995, and can be ordered now with delivery expected in four weeks.

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. Agilent creates fast, transparent connectivity by aligning its test and measurement products with PC-standard, open-industry programming environments and I/O to help engineers build test systems in less time. More information is available at

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 30,000 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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