Hewlett Packard (HP) Journey

  • 1938 – HP invented its first product the HP Model 200A which was used to test sound equipment.  The Walt Disney Company subsequently ordered 8 units of the HP Model 200B to prepare movie theatres to show Fantasia.
  • 1938 – Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard formalized their partnership on 1 January 2939.  A coin was flipped to decide the company’s name.
  • 1947 – HP was incorported on August 18.  Dave Packard was named President, Bill Hewlett, Vice-President.
  • 1956 – HP produced its first oscilloscopes, which went on to represent a significant part of HP’s test and measurement product line.
  • 1957 – HP held its IPO on November 6, with shares selling for $ 16 (U.S.).  The IPO was issued for two reasons: to help with estate planning for its founders and to enable employees to share in the company.
  • 1966 – HP introduced its first computer, the HP 2116A.  The world’s first go-anywhere, do-anything computer, it was designed to withstand environmental extremes.
  • 1968 – HP introduced the world’s first desktop scientific calculator, the HP 9100A.  It was ten times faster than most machines at solving science and engineering problems.  Ads called it a “personal computer,” one of the first documented uses of the term.
  • 1972 – HP entered business computing with the HP 3000 which introduced the era of distributed data processing.
  • 1972 – HP introduced the HP-35, the world’s first scientific hand-held calculator.  It was small enough to fit in a shirt packet and made the slide rule obsolete.  In 2000, Forbes ASAP named the HP-35 one of the “all time products” that changed the world.
  • 1974 – HP introduced the first minicomputer based on 4K dynamic random access memory chips (DRAM) rather than magnetic cores.
  • 1981 – HP introduced the HP-12C business calculator. It went on to become the world’s standard financial calculator and is still being sold by HP today.
  • 1981 – HP introduced the HP 9000 technical computer, the first desktop mainframe which was as powerful as the room sized computers of the 1960s.
  • 1984 – HP introduced thermal inkjet printing with the debut of the HP ThinkJet.
  • 1984 – The HP LaserJet quickly became the most popular personal desktop laser printer.
  • 1986 – HP created RISC architecture which made computers faster and less expensive.
  • 1987 – HP began its hardware recycling program
  • 1991 – The affordable DeskJet 500C was introduced which revolutionized color printing.
  • 1993 – HP introduced the 3-pound (1.4 Kilogram) HP Omniook 300, a superportable PC with extended battery life.
  • 1994 – HP introduced the HP OfficeJet personal printer-fax-copier, the world’s first mass-market all-in-one device.
  • 1999 – HP announced the spinoff of Agilent Technologies, which consisted of HP’s former measurement, components, chemical analysis and medical businesses.
  • 2002 – HP and Compaq merged.
  • 2002 – HP acquired Indigo to accelerate its lead in digital publishing.
  • 2004 – HP rolled out digital entertainment products.
  • 2005 – HP was named Most Trusted Company for Privacy in the United States by TRUSTe and Ponemon Institute.  The award recognized HP for establishing and enforcing progressive privacy practices that built a high level of consumer trust.
  • 2010 – HP reached a milestone by producing 1 billion HP ink cartridges containing post-consumer recycled plastic.
  • 2010 – The HP Compaq 8000f Elite Ultra Slim Desktop PC, the industry’s first Microsoft Windows® based desktop PC to be free of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from the wall to the mouse.
  • 2011 – HP unveiled its first touchscreen desktop PCs to feature a 60-degree reclining display, enabling users to adjust the display’s position for a comfortable user experience.
“The fundamental basis for success in the operation of Helwett-Packard is the job we do in satisfying the needs of our customers”

Dave Packard

“Right from the beginning, Bill and I knew we didn’t want to be a ‘me too’ company merely copying products already on the market.  To this day, HP continually strives to develop products that represent true advancement.”

Dave Packard

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