Agilent Accelerates Test System Connection with I/O Libraries Suite

8/17/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced an enhanced input/output (I/O) library suite that dramatically simplifies and accelerates the process of connecting test instruments to a PC to develop test systems. The Agilent E2094N I/O Libraries Suite 14.0 features updated I/O libraries and new automated connection tools that detect instruments connected to a PC, configure the interfaces, and verify connection even in test systems that mix Ethernet/LAN, GPIB, RS-232, USB and VXI instruments from multiple vendors. Agilent's I/O Libraries Suite is the only multivendor test software that allows engineers to establish error-free connections in less than 15 minutes and create test programs in the development language they choose. "Often test-system designers are faced with the challenge of combining multivendor instruments that use different software and I/O technologies to create new test systems or add on to existing systems," said Mark Pierpoint, vice president of Agilent's Measurement and Analysis Software Group. "For these designers, Agilent's new I/O Libraries Suite eliminates hours of effort. Now engineers can connect instruments from multiple vendors to their PCs as easily as they connect a printer to a PC."

The Agilent I/O Libraries Suite 14.0 includes updated I/O libraries that connect with all commonly used instrument- and PC-based I/O technologies. The I/O Libraries Suite includes the following features:

The introduction of the Agilent I/O Libraries Suite 14.0 continues Agilent's focus on aligning its test and measurement products with industry-standard programming languages and computer I/O. The I/O libraries suite supports multiple programming languages including Visual Basic 6.0, Visual Basic .NET, C, C++, C#, Agilent VEE Pro and LabVIEW. The connection software provides the broadest instrument communication available using VXIplug&play or IVI-COM drivers and native instrument commands. The software simultaneously manages a wide range of I/O software layers including Agilent VISA, VISA COM or SICL, and works easily with other vendor's I/O software. Using the libraries suite, companies are able to take advantage of their hardware investments and use programming languages they are familiar with to dramatically reduce the time, expense and frustration associated with test-system development.

Further Information
Additional information about the Agilent E2094N I/O Libraries Suite 14.0 connectivity software is available at
Backgrounder containing additional information about the I/O Libraries Suite and Agilent system ready test is available at
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About Agilent System-Ready Test
Agilent simplifies the process of connecting and programming test systems to help engineers design, validate and manufacture electronic products. Agilent's broad range of system-ready instruments, open industry software, PC-standard I/O and global support combine to accelerate test system development. More information is available at

U.S. Pricing and Availability
Engineers developing test systems that include at least one Agilent product, such as instruments, I/O hardware, VEE or Toolkit, will receive the Agilent E2094N I/O Libraries Suite 14.0 free with the purchase of their deployed solution, or the software can be purchased as a standalone item for $395. The connectivity software will be available for order in September 2004, with shipments expected to begin in November 2004.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 28,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6.1 billion in fiscal year 2003. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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