Watkins-Johnson Company

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Watkins-Johnson Company
Industry Electronics
Fate Acquired by TriQuint Semiconductor
Successor WJ Communications Inc.
Founded 1957
Founder Dean A. Watkins,
H. Richard Johnson
Headquarters Palo Alto, California
Key people
W. Keith Kennedy (former CEO)

Watkins-Johnson Company was a designer and manufacturer of electronic devices, systems, and equipment. The company, commonly referred to as "W-J", was formed in 1957 by Dean A. Watkins and H. Richard Johnson, and was headquartered in Palo Alto, California. Its products included microwave tubes, followed by solid-state microwave devices, electronic warfare subsystems and systems, receiving equipment, antennas, furnaces and semiconductor manufacturing equipment, and automated test equipment. [1] [2]

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