HP History

Stanford University classmates Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard founded HP in 1939. The company's first product, built in a Palo Alto garage, was an audio oscillator - an electronic test instrument used by sound engineers. One of HP's first customers was Walt Disney Studios, which purchased eight oscillators to develop and test an innovative sound system for the movie Fantasia.

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HP interactive timeline

HP evolves through the years.

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Virtual museum

Notable products from the collection of the HP Archives.

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HP Garage

HP preserves for future generations its most famous piece of real estate — the HP garage.

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Measure Magazine digital archives

HP magazine tells the story.

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HP Journal digital archives

Our technical contributions.