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 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. 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.