In January 1939, Stanford graduates David Packard (age 26) and William Hewlett (age 25) launched Silicon Valley’s first start-up with $538 and a garage in Palo Alto, California. Their first technology innovation used an incandescent lightbulb to stabilize the output of a precision audio oscillator.
This began a 75-year history of innovations in electronic measurement. The Hewlett-Packard Company made breakthroughs in signal generation, frequency measurement and synthesis, digital sampling, logic analyzers, microwave technologies and more. Along the way, the company also set new standards in business integrity and employee culture.
HP’s success in electronic measurement enabled it to invest in the computing and printing industries. Those businesses became so strong that HP spun off its original EM business as Agilent Technologies in 1999.
Agilent continued to innovate electronic measurement technologies in areas such as next-generation communications, atomic force microscopy, nonlinear measurement, and modular and mobile instrumentation.
Agilent’s continued success in electronic measurement enabled it to invest in the life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical industries. Once again, those businesses have become strong enough to stand on their own. And once again, the EM business will be spun off as a separate company.
On Aug. 1, Keysight Technologies begins operating independently as a wholly owned subsidiary of Agilent. Its company tagline: “Unlocking measurement insights for 75 years.” Keysight will continue to focus on the electronic measurement markets that have made it successful for three quarters of a century, including communications, aerospace, defense, industrial, computers and semiconductors.
Agilent will focus on life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets; they include the environment, chemical and energy, food safety, forensics, research, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics.
In early November, the separation of the two companies is expected to be completed through a distribution of Keysight shares. Until then, this blog will continue to post about both Keysight and Agilent and their related industries.
“Agilent’s history is one of reinvention, starting with our own separation from HP,” says Agilent President and CEO Bill Sullivan. “We are once again making a bold move to ensure a future of sustainable growth. We are about to create two pure-play measurement companies, each focused on their specific markets and customers.”
“This is our time,” says Keysight President and CEO Ron Nersesian. “Keysight reflects our rich heritage – a direct line from both Hewlett-Packard’s standards of integrity and innovation, and Agilent’s premier measurement business.
“I couldn’t be more excited about the future of both companies. I want to congratulate everybody for joining us on this new journey.”
For more information go to:
- Keysight Technologies
- Information About Keysight Spinoff from Agilent
- Agilent Technologies to Separate into Two Industry-leading Public Companies
- Agilent Technologies Reveals Name of Electronic Measurement Spin-Off Company
- Keysight Technologies Begins Operations