About Us


When was CPI incorporated? CPI International, Inc. was incorporated in November 2003 in Delaware under the name CPI Acquisition Corp. and was wholly owned at that time by a private equity firm. In January 2004, CPI Acquisition Corp. acquired the business of Communications & Power Industries Holding Corporation and later changed its name to CPI Holdco, Inc. In January 2006, CPI Holdco, Inc. changed its name to CPI International, Inc. CPI International, Inc. is the parent company of Communications & Power Industries LLC.

When was CPI founded? In 1948, Russell and Sigurd Varian founded Varian Associates, Inc. and introduced the klystron as its first commercial product. Their first products became the progenitors of Communications & Power Industries' current product lines. Over time, Varian Associates developed new devices and uses for its products, including applications for the radar, electronic warfare, communications, medical, industrial and scientific markets. In 1995, a private equity firm, together with members of management, purchased the electron devices business from Varian Associates and formed Communications & Power Industries.

What does CPI do? Communications & Power Industries (CPI) is a global manufacturer of electronic components and subsystems focused primarily on communications and defense markets. With a heritage of technological excellence that spans decades, CPI develops, manufacturers and globally distributes innovative and reliable technology solutions used in the generation, amplification, transmission and reception of microwave signals for commercial and military applications. CPI serves customers in the communications, defense, medical, industrial and scientific markets.

Who are CPI's customers? CPI sells its products to both government and commercial customers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end-users, and its products are sold in approximately 100 countries, primarily through an internal sales force and, in certain circumstances, through external sales forces and distributors. Communications & Power Industries' products are used in several industries and end markets, including the radar, electronic warfare, communications, medical, industrial and scientific markets.

What are CPI's products? CPI has an extensive portfolio of more than 5,000 products that includes a wide range of electron device products, consisting of vacuum electron devices (VEDs), solid-state devices, medical x-ray generators and various electronic power supply and control equipment, as well as satellite communications amplifiers, large-aperture antennas, advanced antenna technology and advanced composite radomes. Additionally, CPI has developed complementary, more highly integrated subsystems that contain additional components for medical imaging and for satellite communications applications. Typically, CPI's products are used to generate or amplify various forms of electromagnetic energy; transmit, direct, measure and control electromagnetic energy; and/or provide the voltages and currents to power and control devices that generate electromagnetic energy.

Where are CPI's headquarters? CPI is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. CPI has manufacturing and engineering facilities in the United States, Canada, Estonia, Germany, India and the United Kingdom. In addition, CPI has sales and service centers in approximately 40 locations worldwide.

Who are the members of CPI's senior management? For a listing of CPI’s management, click here.

How many employees does CPI have? As of March 2022, CPI had approximately 2,700 employees.

Who owns CPI? In October 2022, The Jordan Company, L.P., a private equity investment firm, acquired CPI.

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