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Agilent Technologies Incorporated

Agilent Technologies is the original instrument company founded by Bill Hewlett[?] and Dave Packard[?] in 1939. It was spun off from Hewlett Packard in 1999. Agilent is a $8 billion company with about 30,000 employees that manufactures scientific instruments[?], semiconductors, and test equipment for telecom and wireless research and manufacturing.

It is interesting to note that HP printers and computers were developed as logging devices to record and process data from the instruments. By the late 1990s however, the tail was wagging the dog, with the instruments as an $8 billion business and the computers and printers as a $32 billion "afterthought". It was separated from HP in 1999, with the HP name being retained for marketing purposes for the computer and printer lines, even though the true lineage went to the instrument company.

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