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May 7, 2003
Introducing the Agilent IVI-COM Driver for the E36xxA Programmable DC Power Supplies
This instrument driver provides access to the functionality of the Agilent
E36xxA Programmable DC Power Supplies. through COM interfaces which comply with
the IVI specifications. The driver works in any development environment which
supports COM programming including Microsoft Visual Basic, Microsoft Visual C++,
Microsoft .NET, National Instruments LabView, National Instruments
LabWindows, and others.
Agilent E3631A: 80W Triple Output Power Supply, 6V, 5A & ±25V, 1A
Agilent E3632A: 120W Power Supply, 15 V, 7 A or 30 V, 4 A
Agilent E3633A: 200W Power Supply, 8 V, 20 A or 20 V, 10 A
Agilent E3634A: 200W Power Supply, 25 V, 7 A or 50 V, 4 A
Agilent E3640A: 30W Power Supply, 8 V, 3 A or 20 V, 1.5 A
Agilent E3641A: 30W Power Supply, 35 V, 0.8 A or 60 V, 0.5 A
Agilent E3642A: 50W Power Supply, 8 V, 5 A or 20 V, 2.5 A
Agilent E3643A: 50W Power Supply, 35 V, 1.4 A or 60 V, 0.8 A
Agilent E3644A: 80W Power Supply, 8 V, 8 A or 20 V, 4 A
Agilent E3645A: 80W Power Supply, 35 V, 2.2 A or 60 V, 1.3 A
Agilent E3646A: 60W Dual Output Power Supply, Two 8V, 3A or 20V, 1.5A
Agilent E3647A: 60W Dual Output Power Supply, Two 35V, .8A or 60V, .5A
Agilent E3648A: 100W Dual Output Power Supply, Two 8V, 5A or 20V, 2.5A
Agilent E3649A: 100W Dual Output Power Supply, Two 35V,1.4A or 60V, .8A
System Requirements - The driver installation will check for the following
requirements. If not found, the installer will abort, warn, or install the
required component as appropriate.
Supported Operating Systems:
Windows 98 Second Edition
Windows NT 4.0 (SP6a or later)
Windows 2000 (SP3 or later)
Windows XP (SP1 or later)
Windows Installer (MSI) Version 2.0 or later
The IVISharedComponents.exe program will install version 2.0 of the
It is also available from:
IVI Shared Components version 18.104.22.168 or later.
The driver installer calls an installer for these components if
they are not already present on the system. The installer,
IviSharedComponents.msi, must be in the same directory as the msi
file for this driver.
The IVI Shared Components installer is available from:
If the driver installer exhibits problems with installing the IVI
Shared Components, find the program IviSharedComponents.exe on one
of the above sources. Run this program. It is able to install many
of the required system components, including Windows Installer
Agilent IVI Driver Shared Components
The driver installer includes Agilent additions to the IVI Shared
Microsoft XML 4.0 SP 1 (Microsoft XML Core Services) or later
The Configuration Server, an IVI shared component, uses Microsoft's
XML 4.0 parser. The IVI Shared Components will install the XML 4.0
parser. You can download the parser and its associated SDK from:
MS HTML Help Viewer (Win98, WinNT) Version 1.32 or later
The driver will install without the help viewer, but you will not be
able to use the help file for the driver. You can download the help
Agilent I/O Libraries Version L.02.01 or later
I/O Libraries are required to configure and enable instrument I/O.
MS Windows Script
Typically wscript.exe is installed as part of the OS or with Internet
Explorer. If you see an error about wscript.exe, you need to install
the Windows Script.
If that URL is invalid, try
then search for "windows script"
Use the one appropriate for your Operating System.
Any compliant implementation is acceptable. Typically VISA COM is
installed with VISA and other I/O library modules.
If you are using Agilent Technologies' VISA COM, use version
22.214.171.124 or later. The latest version of Agilent's VISA is
The method of simulation supported by this driver is accessed
through a feature found only in Agilent's implementation of
If you are using Agilent Technologies I/O libraries, use version
L.02.01 or later. You can download the latest version from:
If you are using National Instruments I/O libraries, use NI-VISA
version 2.6.0 or later and NI-488.2 version 1.70 or later.
Windows XP Service Pack 1
Windows 2000 Service Pack 3
Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6a
The .NET Framework itself is not required by this driver. If you plan to
use the driver with .NET, Service Pack 2 is required. Download from:
.NET Primary Interop Assemblies
The .NET Framework requires an interop assembly for a COM server. A
Primary Interop Assembly, along with an XML file for IntelliSense is
installed with the driver. The driver's PIA, along with IVI PIAs are
installed, by default, in:
<drive>:\Program Files\IVI\Bin\Primary Interop Assemblies
The PIA is also installed into the global assembly cache, GAC if
you have the .NET framework installed.
If you install the .NET framework late, you can use the file:
to put the driver's PIA into the GAC and properly register it.
Start Menu Help File
A shortcut to the driver help file is added to the Start Menu, Programs,
IVI, AgilentE36xx group. It contains "Getting Started" information on
using the driver in a variety of programming environments as well as
documentation on IVI and driver specific methods and properties.
The installation package for the driver is distributed as an MSI 2.0
file. You can install the driver by double-clicking on the file.
This operation actually runs:
msiexec /i AgilentE36xx.msi
You can run msiexec from a command prompt and utilize its many command
line options. There are no public properties which can be set from the
command line. You can also install this driver from another installation
This driver can be uninstalled like any other software using the
Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs utility.
If the IVI PIAs are installed, use "Add or Remove Programs" to
To completely remove IVI components from your computer, uninstall
all drivers then run the IVI Cleanup Utility. This utility is
available from the same location as the IVI Shared Components
Installer. This utility does not remove any IVI drivers.
This driver does not have any known defects.
126.96.36.199 January 23, 2003 First customer release
188.8.131.52 February 26, 2003 Update help file for the IVI Factory
Add Examples for Excel, VB 6.0, VC++ 6.0, VB.NET and C#
Update IVI Foundation information
184.108.40.206 February 28, 2003 Update help file for ANSI-C of the IVI Factory
220.127.116.11 April 1, 2003 Change PIA interop assembly file name & contents
Support Error message for none English OS
18.104.22.168 May 7, 2003 Fix deserialize defect for the config store file
IVI Shared Component Revisions
(The following information is required by IVI 3.1 section 5.21.)
IVI-COM IviFGen Specific Instrument Driver
IVI Instrument Class: IviDCPwr 2.0
Optional Features: This driver does no support Interchangeability
Checking, State Caching, or Coercion Recording.
(These three strings are values of properties in the IIviIdentity
Vendor: Agilent Technologies
Description: IVI-COM driver for Agilent E36xxA Programmable DC Power Suppllies
Component Identifier: AgilentE36xx.AgilentE36xx
(The component identifier can be used to create an instance of the COM
Hardware: This driver supports instruments manufactured by Agilent
Technologies. The supported model numbers are:
E3631A, E3632A, E3633A, E3634A, E3640A, E3641A, E3642A, E3643A,
E3644A, E3645A, E3646A, E3647A, E3648A, E3649A
This driver supports communicating with the instrument using GPIB.
Software: See the section on installation in this document for
information on what other software is required by this driver.
Source for this driver is not available.
For more information about this driver and other instrument drivers
and software available from Agilent Technologies visit:
A list of contact information is available from:
Microsoft, Visual Basic, Visual C++, and Windows Installer are either
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