Remember the names of these test-equipment companies? Most are long gone, but a few remain.
Mergers and acquisitions are inevitable. Whenever a new market emerges, startups start up, and established companies enter the market. Test and measurement is no exception. This week, your assignment is the identify some companies, many of which have long been acquired, though you may still have their equipment.
The test equipment operation that started its life with Hewlett-Packard became Agilent and is now Keysight. We're not looking at that, but the company that is now Keysight has acquired some electronics test companies along the way. It's easy to find these acquisitions by searching the archives of EE Times and EDN. In the questions that follow, most of the companies listed are long forgotten, having been absorbed into another company. A few names are still very much active, running as subsidiaries or product lines of a parent. In some cases, one company was acquired, and then the acquiring company was acquired. I'll discuss those cases in the answers on the last page.
1. Which company or product has not been acquired by National Instruments?
- Lotus Measure
- Electronics Workbench
- Measurement Computing
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