Agilent Technologies buys part of Santa Rosa-based Centellax

  • Jeremy McKenzie, right, Moduler and QFN Tester, tests modules while Stephen Ngmate, left, manufacturing engineer tests a new prototype at Centellax in Santa Rosa, April 27, 2012.

Eleven years ago, former Agilent Technologies engineer Julio Perdomo left Sonoma County's largest high-tech manufacturer to launch his own startup. On Friday, he sold a chunk of it back to his former employer.

Agilent announced a deal Friday to acquire the test equipment division of Centellax, the company co-founded by Perdomo in 2001 after a 16-year career at Agilent and its predecessor, Hewlett-Packard.

"Agilent is the No. 1 test company in the world. I feel it's a validation of what we've done. We're very proud of the products we developed," Perdomo said.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Most of the 35 employees in Centellax's test division will be offered jobs with Agilent in Santa Rosa, the companies said.

Centellax will keep its larger component division, which is also located in Santa Rosa, Perdomo said.

"This is a great opportunity for customers and employees," Perdomo said.

The deal is expected to close in two weeks.

"This will be a great addition to our product portfolio," said Agilent spokesman Jeff Weber.

Based in Santa Clara, Agilent employs about 1,150 workers in Santa Rosa, headquarters for its global test-and-measurement business.

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