Agilent to Refocus, Sell Semiconductor Unit

Agilent is selling off parts of its business to cut costs and refocus on test-and-measurement market.

Agilent is returning to its origins as a testing-and-measuring business.

The company, which spun off from Hewlett-Packard in 2000, announced last week that it is selling off several parts of its business so that it can focus on its core competencies.

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It is selling its semiconductor products business to investment groups for $2.66 billion and its stake in Lumileds Lighting to Royal Phillips Electronics for $950 million.

It also will spin off its chip-testing business next year.

Agilent Technologies executives said these moves—which will cut infrastructure costs by $450 million—will enable the company to focus solely on the $40 billion test-and-measurement market, which helped build HP into the global company it is today.

Company officials also said they will be laying off 1,300 of Agilents 28,000-member work force.

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