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AGILENT Technologies has released an enhanced input/output (I/O) library suite that 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.

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 connection expert automatically discovers connected instruments and configures interfaces for communication. It simultaneously manages all test and measurement standard interfaces (GPIB, RS-232 and VXI) as well as computer industry standard interfaces (LAN and USB). It includes a task guide that helps both occasional and expert users through connection tasks.

The smart defaults feature of the suite automatically identifies installation defaults based on the hardware configuration and previously installed software, then lets engineers customise the defaults if desired.

I/O utility tools enable expert debugging and system optimisation. Tools include interactive I/O, Visa Assistant and I/O Control to enable test system experts to control and debug both the bus and the instrument.

Sample hello world instrument programs are available in common development languages. Engineers can copy and paste sample code directly into their programs to accelerate test development.

The 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 vendors’ 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 reduce the time, expense and frustration associated with test-system development.

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