Agilent Technologies, Inc.
Traded as
  • S&P 500 component
  • Healthcare
  • Electronics
Founded 1999 (from HP)
Founder(s) Bill Hewlett, David Packard (from HP)
Headquarters Santa Clara, California,
United States
Area served Worldwide
Key people William P. Sullivan
(CEO) & (Director)
Ron Nersesian
(President), (COO)
  • Bio-analytical equipment
  • Electronic analysis equipment
Revenue Increase US$6.86 Billion (FY 2012)[1]
Operating income Increase US$1.13 Billion (FY 2012)[1]
Net income Increase US$1.15 Billion (FY 2012)[1]
Total assets Increase US$10.5 Billion (FY 2012)[2]
Total equity Increase US$5.18 Billion (FY 2012)[2]
Employees 20,500 (2012)
  • Electronic Measurement
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Life Sciences
  • Diagnostics & Genomics
References: [3][4][5]

Agilent Technologies, or Agilent, is an American company that designs and manufactures electronic and bio-analytical measurement instruments and equipment for measurement and evaluation.

Many of Agilent's predecessor product lines were developed by Hewlett-Packard, the American computing company founded in 1939. In 1999, the product lines not directly connected with computers, storage, and imaging were grouped into a separate company (Agilent), the stock of which was offered to the public in an initial public offering. The Agilent IPO may have been the largest in the history of Silicon Valley[6] at the time.

Agilent maintains a central research and development group, Agilent Laboratories, that conducts the company's research in such areas as microelectromechanical systems, nanotechnology, and life sciences.[7] This centralized group is based on the original Hewlett Packard Lab's design and was formed by dividing the original HP Labs group into two when Agilent was carved out of HP in 1999.[8]

Product lines

Agilent's major product lines include:



Agilent Technologies was created by the spin-off of HP's original product lines from their other businesses dealing primarily in computers and imaging. The company thus created by merging all of HP's non-computing products was in 1999 was an $8 billion company with about 47,000 employees, manufacturing scientific instruments, semiconductors, optical networking devices, and electronic test equipment for telecom and wireless R&D and production.[9]


In 2001, Agilent Technologies sold its health care and medical products organization to Philips Medical Systems. HP Medical Products had been the second oldest part of Hewlett-Packard, acquired in the 1950s. Only the original founding test and measurement organization was older.

In August 2005, Agilent Technologies announced the sale of its Semiconductor Products Group, which produced light-emitting diode, radio frequency and mixed-signal integrated circuits, to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., and Silver Lake Partners. The group operated as a privately run company, Avago Technologies, until August 2009, when it was brought public in an IPO. It continues to operate under the same name as a publicly traded corporation. Agilent also sold its 47% stake in the light-emitting diode manufacturer Lumileds to Philips Electronics for just under $1 billion. Lumileds originally started as Hewlett-Packard's optoelectronics division.

Also in August 2005, Agilent announced a plan to divest its semiconductor test solutions business, composed of both the system-on-chip and memory test market areas. Agilent listed the new company as Verigy, mid-2006 on NASDAQ.


In 2009, Agilent announced the closure of a subsection of its Test & Measurement division. The product lines affected included the automated optical inspection, solder paste inspection, and automated X-ray products [5DX]. In 2004 Agilent reported that it had captured 19% of the US$244 million (excluding Japan) global imaging inspection market.[10] On July 27, 2009 Agilent announced they would buy Varian, Inc., for US$1.5 billion. In November 2009, Agilent sold the N2X product line to IXIA. In February 2010 Agilent announced the selling of its Network Solutions Division to JDSU for US$162 million.


In 2011, the company along with the University of California, Davis, announced that it would be establishing the Davis Millimeter Wave Research Center.[11]

Agilent announced it would increase its life sciences engagement through the acquisition of Halo Genomics, based in Uppsala, Sweden, which was involved in next-generation sequencing technology development.[12]


On May 17, 2012, Agilent Technologies agreed to buy Dako, a Danish cancer diagnostics company, for $2.2 Billion, to expand its presence in life sciences industry.[13]


On September 19, 2013, Agilent Technologies announced their decision to separate into two publicly traded companies; Agilent life sciences, diagnostics, applied markets company, and an electronic measurement company, to be named later.[14]

See also

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External links

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  • Agilent Test & Measurement Discussion Forum
  • Patents assigned to Agilent Technologies via USPTO
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