The History of Hp

By: Brenda Stokes

It all started in 1939 when Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard created HP when they worked on an audio oscillator in a garage in Palo Alto, California. After Walt Disney bought several of these oscillators for their latest movie, Fantasia, the company was off and running.

So how did this small company expand from a garage to being the world leader in information technology? While HP began as a company that produced all sorts of electronic products, their first focus was on test products like counters and voltmeters.

Later on in the sixties, HP ended up becoming the founder of Silicon Valley. They got into semiconductors in the early sixties and by 1966, they entered the computer market with the HP 2100 and the HP1000. These were sturdy models that lasted for a good twenty years before more advancements saw screen keys and the HP 2640 rise to the occasion.

Here is an interesting fact: while HP is given credit as producing the first PC, they avoided alienating their market by calling it a calculator!

1984 saw the emergence of their first HP inkjet and laser printers. These were meant for the desktop. Later on in the 90s, HP rose in popularity, marketing their computers to the average consumer and opening an online store to help reach them.

Now, HP printers lead the country in reliable printing supplies and devices. Many different models are available making them suitable for home, small business and corporate use. It is pretty easy to find a household with an HP computer, printer, digital camera and other devices. People tend to stick with one brand and HP offers everything a person might need for their office.

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