Timeline of our history

From its origins in a Palo Alto garage to its current position as one of the world’s leading technology companies, HP has grown and evolved significantly since its founding in 1939. See key milestones and moments from HP’s history.

 
 
  • Bill and Dave become friends.
    Bill rappelling on Mount Owen, California, 1930

    Bill rappelling on Mount Owen, California, 1930

    1934

    Bill and Dave become friends.

    After graduating as electrical engineers from Stanford University, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard become close friends during a two-week camping trip.

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1934

  • Bill and Dave become friends.
    Bill rappelling on Mount Owen, California, 1930

    Bill rappelling on Mount Owen, California, 1930.

    1934

    Bill and Dave become friends.

    Bill and Dave begin part-time work in a rented garage with $538 (U.S.) in working capital, consisting of cash and a used drill press.

1938

  • Work begins
    The garage, 367 Addison Avenue, Palo, California, 1939

    The garage, 367 Addison Avenue, Palo, California, 1939

    1938

    Work begins

    Bill and Dave begin part-time work in a rented garage with $538 (U.S.) in working capital, consisting of cash and a used drill press.

  • HP invents first product
    HP 200A audio oscillator

    HP 200A audio oscillator

    1938

    HP invents first product

    Drawing on Bill’s study of negative feedback, Bill and Dave produce HP's first product, the resistance-capacitance audio oscillator, used to test sound equipment. They name it the HP Model 200A.

  • Oscillators for Walt Disney
    Ad for the HP200B audio oscillator

    Ad for the HP200B audio oscillator

    1938

    Oscillators for Walt Disney

    The Walt Disney Company orders eight HP Model 200B oscillators to prepare movie theaters to show Fantasia.

1939

  • Hewlett-Packard?
    Packard-Hewlett?
    Bill and Dave in the garage workshop, 1939

    Bill and Dave in the garage workshop, 1939

    1939

    1-Jan

    Hewlett-Packard?
    Packard-Hewlett?

    Bill and Dave formalize their partnership on January 1. They flip a coin to decide the company's name.

1930s

1940

  • HP moves out of the garage
    HP’s first leased building, 1940

    HP’s first leased building, 1940

    1940

    HP moves out of the garage

    HP moves from the garage to rented buildings in Palo Alto.

  • Bill and Dave issue bonuses
    Bill hands out holiday bonus checks

    Bill hands out holiday bonus checks

    1940

    Bill and Dave issue bonuses

    Bill and Dave decide that all employees will share in HP’s success. They issue $5 (U.S.) Christmas bonuses and adopt production bonuses, laying the foundation for the company's profit-sharing program.

  • HP's first donation to charity
    HP's first ledger

    HP's first ledger

    1940

    HP's first donation to charity

    HP records its first charitable donation: $5 (U.S.) to local charities.

1941

  • Bill in the Army
    Bill in uniform, ca. 1943

    Bill in uniform, ca. 1943

    1941

    Bill in the Army

    Bill serves as a U.S. Army officer until 1947. Dave runs the young company while Bill is gone.

1942

  • Health insurance pioneer
    Dave Packard at his desk, 1942

    Dave Packard at his desk, 1942

    1942

    Health insurance pioneer

    HP establishes a pioneering health insurance plan for all employees.

  • HP designs open floor plan
    HP’s new building, 1942

    HP’s new building, 1942

    1942

    HP designs open floor plan

    Construction begins on the first HP-owned building. Its open floor plan—designed for versatility—has the serendipitous effect of sparking creativity.

1943

  • HP enters microwave field
    Bill Hewlett tests an audio signal generator, 1940

    Bill Hewlett tests an audio signal generator, 1940

    1943

    HP enters microwave field

    HP enters the microwave field, setting the stage for future leadership in signal generators.

1947

  • HP incorporates

    1947

    HP incorporates

    HP is incorporated on August 18. Dave is named president, Bill vice president

1948

  • Dave joins school board

    1948

    Dave joins school board

    Dave joins the Palo Alto school board, demonstrating HP’s commitment to being a good corporate citizen.

1940s

1951

  • Fast frequency counter
    Al Bagley, head of HP’s Frequency and Time Division, with the HP 524A

    Al Bagley, head of HP’s Frequency and Time Division, with the HP 524A

    1951

    Fast frequency counter

    HP invents the 524A high-speed frequency counter, greatly reducing the time required to measure high frequencies. Frequency counters and related products will account for billions in future revenue for HP.

1955

  • Palo Alto booms
    Aerial photo of Palo Alto, 1955

    Aerial photo of Palo Alto, 1955

    1955

    Palo Alto booms

    The 1950s were a time of tremendous growth for both HP and the city of Palo Alto. The city’s population more than doubled during the decade, and the fruit orchards that characterized the town in the past were cleared to make way for highways, businesses and schools. Palo Alto was on its way to becoming the high-tech center it is today.

1956

  • HP's first oscilloscopes
    Bill Hewlett looks inside an oscilloscope

    Bill Hewlett looks inside an oscilloscope

    1956

    HP's first oscilloscopes

    HP produces its first oscilloscopes, which will go on to represent a significant part of HP’s test and measurement product line.

1957

  • HP goes public

    1957

    HP goes public

    HP holds 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.

  • Employees receive stock

    1957

    Employees receive stock

    All employees at all levels with six months of service receive an HP stock grant and become eligible for a stock option program.

  • HP introduces corporate aims

    1957

    HP introduces corporate aims

    HP introduces its corporate objectives to empower decentralized decision making. Spanning seven categories—profit, customers, fields of interest, growth, people, management and citizenship—the principles help distinguish HP from the top-down management style of most companies and serve as the basis for the HP Way.

  • HP's new headquarters

    1957

    HP's new headquarters

    HP begins manufacturing in its first building in the Stanford Research Park in Palo Alto. The new site is innovatively designed to maximize employee creativity and comfort.

1958

  • Self-sustaining product groups

    1958

    Self-sustaining product groups

    HP establishes a division structure, with each product group becoming a self-sustaining organization responsible for developing, manufacturing and marketing its products.

  • Dave's 11 Simple Rules
    Dave's 11 Simple Rules

    Dave's 11 Simple Rules

    1958

    Dave's 11 Simple Rules

    In 1958, Dave Packard typed up "Simple Rules" in preparation for the company’s annual management convention. Discovered in Dave’s correspondence file, these rules show his philosophy of work and life.

  • F. L. Moseley Co. acquired
    Bill (second from left) with Frances Moseley (right)

    Bill (second from left) with Frances Moseley (right)

    1958

    F. L. Moseley Co. acquired

    HP’s first acquisition, F. L. Moseley Company, a producer of high-quality graphic recorders, establishes the foundation of HP’s printing business.

1959

  • HP goes global
    HP Boeblingen Plant, 1959

    HP Boeblingen Plant, 1959

    1959

    HP goes global

    HP goes global, establishing a marketing organization in Geneva and a manufacturing plant in Boeblingen, Germany.

1950s

1961

  • HP on NYSE for first time
    HWP on the NYSE, 1961

    HWP on the NYSE, 1961

    1961

    HP on NYSE for first time

    HP is first listed on the New York Stock Exchange on March 17.

  • HP enters medical field

    1961

    HP enters medical field

    Through an acquisition of Sanborn Company, HP enters the medical field. Medical equipment will become a significant source of revenue for HP before being spun off in 2000.

1962

  • HP makes Fortune list

    1962

    HP makes Fortune list

    HP enters the Fortune 500 list at #460.

1963

  • New frequency synthesizer

    1963

    New frequency synthesizer

    HP introduces the HP 5100A frequency synthesizer. One of the most complex instruments developed to date by the company, the HP 5100A is used in deep-space vehicles.

  • HP's first joint venture

    1963

    HP's first joint venture

    HP enters the Asian market by forming its first joint venture, Yokogawa-Hewlett-Packard (YHP) in Tokyo.

1964

  • HP's 1st CEO and president

    1964

    HP's 1st CEO and president

    HP celebrates its 25th anniversary. Dave Packard is elected CEO and chairman of the board; Bill Hewlett is elected president.

  • HP atomic clock sets standard
    HP 5060A atomic clock

    HP 5060A atomic clock

    1964

    HP atomic clock sets standard

    The highly accurate HP 5060A atomic clocks set the new standard for international time.

  • Spectrum analyzer
    8551A spectrum analyzer

    8551A spectrum analyzer

    1964

    Spectrum analyzer

    HP's first spectrum analyzer, the 8551, becomes indispensable for RF and microwave workbenches. It soon becomes the company's first $1 million-a-month product.

  • Packard Foundation

    1964

    Packard Foundation

    The private David and Lucile Packard Foundation is created.

1966

  • HP Labs opens
    Barney Oliver (left) checks out a new scope.

    Barney Oliver (left) checks out a new scope.

    1966

    HP Labs opens

    HP Laboratories is opened, creating HP’s first centralized organization focused on exploring new ideas. Barney Oliver is the founding director.

  • HP's first computer
    HP 2116A computer

    HP 2116A computer

    1966

    HP's first computer

    HP's first computer, the HP 2116A, is introduced. It is developed as a versatile instrument controller for HP's growing family of programmable test and measurement products. In an early version of "plug and play," it interfaces with a wide number of standard laboratory instruments, allowing customers to computerize their instrument systems. The first go-anywhere, do-anything computer, the first 2116A is sold to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and used aboard a research vessel in a salt-air environment for more than 10 years.

  • LEDs

    1966

    LEDs

    HP Labs develops the first commercially-available light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Applications include alphanumeric displays such as indicator lights and traffic signals.

1967

  • Atomic clocks
    HP 5060A "flying clock"

    HP 5060A "flying clock"

    1967

    Atomic clocks

    HP's cesium-beam atomic clocks set the world's time standards, coordinating international time to within a millionth of a second. The clocks, which grow more accurate over the decades, are used in a host of time-critical applications that include avoiding airplane collisions, running telecommunications systems and even operating space shuttles.

1968

  • Hewlett Foundation

    1968

    Hewlett Foundation

    The private William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is incorporated.

  • 1st "personal computer"
    HP 9100A

    HP 9100A

    1968

    1st "personal computer"

    First programmable scientific desktop calculator: The HP 9100A – virtually the first PC – stores programs on a magnetic card and can solve science and engineering problems 10 times faster than most other machines. It paves the way for the company's workstation business. Ads call it a "personal computer" in the first documented uses of the term.

1969

  • Dave serves in DOD
    Dave Packard is sworn in as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense

    Dave Packard is sworn in as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense

    1969

    Dave serves in DOD

    Dave Packard is appointed U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense and serves from 1969 to 1972.

  • Bill becomes CEO
    Bill Hewlett sees new products developed in Japan, 1969.

    Bill Hewlett sees new products developed in Japan, 1969.

    1969

    Bill becomes CEO

    Bill Hewlett becomes CEO and runs HP in Dave’s absence.

1960s

1971

  • HP leads in laser interferometers

    1971

    HP leads in laser interferometers

    HP produces a laser interferometer capable of taking infinitesimal measurements. The device becomes the tool of choice in microchip manufacturing. Similar technology also produces a laser instrument that becomes the first electronic surveying tool.

1972

  • HP enters business computing
    HP expands into business computing with the HP 3000, which introduces the era of distributed data processing.

    HP expands into business computing with the HP 3000, which introduces the era of distributed data processing.

    1972

    HP enters business computing

    HP expands into business computing with the HP 3000, which introduces the era of distributed data processing.

  • HP-35 calculator introduced

    1972

    HP-35 calculator introduced

    HP introduces the HP-35, the world’s first scientific hand-held calculator. Small enough to fit in a shirt pocket, it makes the slide rule obsolete. In 2000, Forbes ASAP names the HP-35 one of the "all time products" that changed the world.

1973

  • 1st employee flextime

    1973

    1st employee flextime

    HP is the first company in the United States to institute flextime, designed to allow employees more time for family, leisure or personal business.

  • Management By Walking Around

    1973

    Management By Walking Around

    Bill and Dave made it a practice to regularly drop by employees’ workspaces. This interactive approach came to be known as "management by walking around." HP has always encouraged open interplay between employees as a way of fostering innovation.

1974

  • 1st programmable pocket calculator
    HP-65

    HP-65

    1974

    1st programmable pocket calculator

    The HP-65 is introduced as the world’s first programmable pocket calculator.

1975

  • HP interface bus goes global

    1975

    HP interface bus goes global

    HP simplifies instrument systems by creating a standard interface. The electronics industry adopts the HP-IB (interface bus) as an international standard to allow one or more instruments to connect easily to a computer.

  • HP truly global
    Dave and his wife, Lucile, visit Yokogawa Hewlett-Packard, Japan.

    Dave and his wife, Lucile, visit Yokogawa Hewlett-Packard, Japan.

    1975

    HP truly global

    HP becomes a global company. Non-U.S. revenues exceed U.S. revenues for the first time—and remain that way to this day.

1977

  • HP introduces wrist instrument

    1977

    HP introduces wrist instrument

    HP introduces the HP-01 wrist instrument, a combination digital wristwatch, calculator and personal calendar. It is one of the world’s first personal information devices.

  • Birth of "Silicon Valley"

    1977

    Birth of "Silicon Valley"

    In the 1970s, journalists began using the term "Silicon Valley" to describe the countless electronics firms proliferating in Santa Clara County. Silicon Valley became a distinct community, with Palo Alto—and HP—at its center.

1978

  • Bill retires as CEO

    1978

    Bill retires as CEO

    Bill retires as CEO and is succeeded by John Young.

1979

  • HP Company Foundation
    Bill chairs a United Way fundraising drive.

    Bill chairs a United Way fundraising drive.

    1979

    HP Company Foundation

    The Hewlett-Packard Company Foundation is established.

  • Gas chromatography leaps forward

    1979

    Gas chromatography leaps forward

    HP Labs researchers create fused silica capillary columns for gas chromatography, which revolutionizes chemical analysis.

1970s

1980

  • HP's first PC

    1980

    HP's first PC

    HP introduces its first personal computer, the HP-85. The unit had input/output modules that allowed it to control instruments, add on more powerful peripherals and even to talk to other computers.

1981

  • HP moves into China
    David and Lucile Packard with Chinese delegation at Big Sur in 1980.

    David and Lucile Packard with Chinese delegation at Big Sur in 1980.

    1981

    HP moves into China

    HP’s products become available in China, with the opening of the China Hewlett-Packard Representative office in Beijing.

  • HP's calculator standard

    1981

    HP's calculator standard

    HP introduces the HP-12C business calculator. It will go on to become the world’s standard financial calculator and is still being sold by HP today.

1982

  • HP wins Deming prize

    1982

    HP wins Deming prize

    Yokogawa-Hewlett-Packard wins the prestigious Deming Prize for quality

  • 1st handheld computer debuts

    1982

    1st handheld computer debuts

    The HP-75C debuts as HP’s first handheld computer. Able to connect to peripherals such as a digital cassette drive and printer, it’s an early tool for mobile computing.

  • 1st desktop mainframe

    1982

    1st desktop mainframe

    HP introduces the HP 9000 technical computer. The first "desktop mainframe," it’s as powerful as the room-size computers of the 1960s

1983

  • HP introduces Touchscreen PC

    1983

    HP introduces Touchscreen PC

    HP introduces the HP-150 Touchscreen PC, allowing users to activate features simply by touching the screen.

  • Bill wins science medal

    1983

    Bill wins science medal

    Bill Hewlett is awarded the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest scientific honor.

1984

  • First laptop

    1984

    First laptop

    HP's first laptop, the HP-110.

  • HP invents ThinkJet printing

    1984

    HP invents ThinkJet printing

    HP introduces thermal inkjet printing with the debut of the HP ThinkJet. It marks the success of HP Labs in miniaturizing inkjet technology to deliver superior quality, quieter operation and lower-power consumption over dot-matrix printers.

  • HP LaserJet takes off

    1984

    HP LaserJet takes off

    HP introduces the HP LaserJet, which quickly becomes the world’s most popular personal desktop laser printer.

1984

  • China goes high-tech
    David and Lucile with Chinese delegation at Big Sur in 1980

    David and Lucile with Chinese delegation at Big Sur in 1980

    1985

    China goes high-tech

    China Hewlett-Packard (CHP), the first high-tech joint venture in China, is established.

1986

  • HP creates RISC architecture
    A single VLSI chip containing the entire CPU of a RISC-based computer.

    A single VLSI chip containing the entire CPU of a RISC-based computer.

    1986

    HP creates RISC architecture

    HP becomes the first major computer company to introduce a precision architecture based on reduced instruction set computing (RISC), making computers faster and less expensive. RISC executes instructions faster and does more work than previous generations of chips.

  • 3D graphics

    1986

    3D graphics

    3D graphics come of age with the HP SRX, the first generation of graphics workstations. The device helps HP become a leading graphics workstation vendor.

1987

  • Bill named HP's director emeritus

    1987

    Bill named HP's director emeritus

    Bill Hewlett retires as vice chairman of the HP board and is named director emeritus.

  • Hardware recycling begins

    1987

    Hardware recycling begins

    HP begins its hardware recycling program.

1988

  • HP Deskjet launched

    1988

    HP Deskjet launched

    The HP DeskJet debuts as the company’s first mass-market inkjet printer.

1989

  • Garage named landmark
    Bill and Dave at the dedication of the HP Garage, California Historical Landmark 976, Birthplace of Silicon Valley, 1989

    Bill and Dave at the dedication of the HP Garage, California Historical Landmark 976, Birthplace of Silicon Valley, 1989

    1989

    Garage named landmark

    The birthplace of the company—Bill and Dave’s rented garage—is dedicated as a California Historical Landmark to celebrate the 50th anniversary of HP.

  • First x86 server

    1989

    First x86 server

    Customers can achieve PC-like economics and flexibility for their server environments with the first x86 server built on industry standards. The Compaq SystemPro ushers in a new era of computing in enterprise server reliability, capacity and performance.

1980s

1991

  • HP recycles toner cartridges

    1991

    HP recycles toner cartridges

    HP initiates a recycling program for its HP LaserJet print cartridges.

  • Color printing revolution

    1991

    Color printing revolution

    HP revolutionizes color printing with the introduction of the affordable HP DeskJet 500C. HP Labs scientists create fundamental color (sRGB), compression and half-toning algorithms for the DeskJet 500C, dramatically reducing the cost of color printing.

  • Portable PCs get power boost

    1991

    Portable PCs get power boost

    HP advances lightweight portable computer with the HP 95LX palmtop PC. Roughly the size of a pocket calculator, it boats as much computing power as a desktop PC.

1993

  • Dave retires as chairman
    Dave (right) announces his retirement.

    Dave (right) announces his retirement.

    1993

    Dave retires as chairman

    Dave Packard retires as chairman of the board. Lew Platt is elected to replace him.

  • 10 million HP LaserJets
    HP LaserJet 4MP, 1993

    HP LaserJet 4MP, 1993

    1993

    10 million HP LaserJets

    HP ships its 10 millionth HP LaserJet printer.

  • HP introduces Omnibook 300
    HP OmniBook 300, 1993

    HP OmniBook 300, 1993

    1993

    HP introduces Omnibook 300

    HP introduces the 3-pound (1.4-kilogram) HP OmniBook 300, a superportable PC with extended battery life.

  • Proliant servers introduced

    1993

    Proliant servers introduced

    Proliant line of servers is introduced by Compaq (later acquired by HP). The Proliant 4000 is the first rack-mounted server in the market. Rack-mounting simplifies physical deployment and improves data center security.

1994

  • HP encourages telecommuting

    1994

    HP encourages telecommuting

    HP becomes one of the first companies to encourage telecommuting, designed to increase job satisfaction, lower stress and improve employee retention.

  • Itanium

    1994

    Itanium

    Building on work that began in HP Labs in 1981, researchers team with Intel engineers to develop what eventuallybecomes Intel's next-generation Itanium architecture, launched in 2001. It advances computing from 32 to 64 bits.

  • World's brightest LED

    1994

    World's brightest LED

    HP produces the world’s brightest LED, expanding the range of LED applications in cars, traffic signals and moving-message signs.

  • 1st commercial all-in-one device
    HP OfficeJet, 1994

    HP OfficeJet, 1994

    1994

    1st commercial all-in-one device

    HP introduces the HP OfficeJet personal printer-fax-copier, the world’s first mass-market all-in-one device.

1995

  • HP home computers
    HP Pavilion 5000 series, 1995

    HP Pavilion 5000 series, 1995

    1995

    HP home computers

    HP enters the home computing market with the HP Pavilion PC.

  • Telecommunications Revolution

    1995

    Telecommunications Revolution

    Teams from HP businesses and HP Labs develop standard telecommunications computing platforms to replace the inflexible proprietary equipment of the time. Today, these technologies are found in the Open Call family of products.

  • Dave publishes The HP Way
    Dave at a book-signing for The HP Way.

    Dave at a book-signing for The HP Way.

    1995

    Dave publishes The HP Way

    Dave Packard publishes his book: The HP Way: How Bill Hewlett and I Built Our Company.

1996

  • David Packard, 1912-1996
    Dave checking a fishing line in 1995.

    Dave checking a fishing line in 1995.

    1996

    David Packard, 1912-1996

    Dave Packard dies at age 83. Flags fly at half-staff across Silicon Valley and at HP offices around the world for the man headlines describe as "a Silicon Valley founding father and guiding spirit."

  • Recycle program hits 10 million

    1996

    Recycle program hits 10 million

    HP recycles its 10 millionth LaserJet printer cartridge.

1997

  • HP recycles inkjet cartridges

    1997

    HP recycles inkjet cartridges

    HP's recycling program expands to include HP inkjet cartridges.

  • Digital photography

    1997

    Digital photography

    HP Labs provides a pipeline of imaging innovations like adaptive lighting, color balance and automatic red-eye removal that add a "custom photo lab" to HP products and services.

1998

  • HP's first PDA

    1998

    HP's first PDA

    HP introduces its first PDA (personal digital assistant), the Jornada 820 Handheld PC.

  • Mice go cordless

    1998

    Mice go cordless

    Navigation technology devised by HP Labs for a handheld copier is later licensed for use in cordless mice. The paper-motion sensing technology can also be seen in today's printers.

1999

  • Agilent spinoff

    1999

    Agilent spinoff

    HP announces the spinoff of Agilent Technologies, consisting of HP’s former measurement, components, chemical analysis and medical businesses. Agilent’s IPO is the largest in Silicon Valley history to date. The divesture is completed in 2000.

1990s

2000

  • HP introduces Superdome

    2000

    HP introduces Superdome

    HP introduces the Superdome server line, advancing its position in Internet infrastructure.

2001

  • William R. Hewlett, 1913-2001
    Bill takes some time out to have a laugh, 1993.

    Bill takes some time out to have a laugh, 1993.

    2001

    William R. Hewlett, 1913-2001

    Bill Hewlett dies at age 87. HP employees, business leaders and friends around the world mourn the loss of a man described as one of the true pioneers and giants of the electronics industry.

  • Itanium

    2001

    Itanium

    Building on work that began in HP Labs in 1981, researchers team with Intel engineers to develop what eventuallybecomes Intel's next-generation Itanium architecture, launched in 2001. It advances computing from 32 to 64 bits.

  • Utility Computing

    2001

    Utility Computing

    HP Labs researchers help create the Utility Data Center, believed to be the first true implementation of a utility computing technology for enterprises looking to make better use of their resources. The technology helps service providers meet customers' fluctuating demands.

  • HP Services launched
    Ann Livermore

    Ann Livermore

    2001

    HP Services launched

    HP creates HP Services to provide consulting, outsourcing, support and solutions deployment.

2002

  • Indigo
    HP Indigo Press 5000

    HP Indigo Press 5000

    2002

    Indigo

    HP Labs leads the company into the digital publishing business by establishing a technical relationship with IndigoN.V., which HP acquires. Indigo presses offer technology called liquid electrophotography (LEP), which combines digital laser imaging, ultra-small ink particles and a liquid transport system to produce prints comparable to offset quality.

  • HP contributes to nanotechnology

    2002

    HP contributes to nanotechnology

    HP announces breakthroughs in molecular electronics in the emerging field of nanotechnology. A team of chemists, physicists, engineers and computer scientists working in quantum computing produce the highest density electronically addressable memory to date. The laboratory demonstration circuit, a 64-bit memory using molecular switches as active devices, fits inside a square micron -- an area so tiny that more than 1,000 could fit on the end of a human hair.

  • HP and Compaq merge

    2002

    HP and Compaq merge

    HP and Compaq merge. The new company serves more than one billion customers across 162 countries. HP's stock symbol is changed to HPQ to reflect the combined companies.

  • HP photo prints excel

    2002

    HP photo prints excel

    HP announces new color printers and paper that deliver results surpassing traditional prints in photo quality and fade resistance.

2003

  • HP fights counterfeiters

    2003

    HP fights counterfeiters

    HP Labs researchers help the U.S. government fight counterfeiters by using their deep technical knowledge in image processing, color management and information embedding to come up with a range of deterrence methods that could be used in printing currency.

  • Smart Cooling

    2003

    Smart Cooling

    HP scientists' work using computational fluid dynamics to model heat distribution in a data center leads to HP's smart cooling solution, which potentially can dramatically reduce energy use and save millions of dollars annually.

2004

  • HP wins IEEE award
    Printhead for the HP ThinkJet personal printer (1984)

    Printhead for the HP ThinkJet personal printer (1984)

    2004

    HP wins IEEE award

    HP wins the Corporate Innovation Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) for the development and commercialization of thermal inkjet technology.

  • OpenView

    2004

    OpenView

    HP OpenView Automation Manager helps automatically shift IT resources to meet shifting business priorities.

  • Mars attacks!

    2004

    Mars attacks!

    An HP Labs image-compression algorithm is used to create some of the spectacular, high-resolution images of Mars transmitted by NASA's Spirit Rover spacecraft. The images help scientists on earth closely study the surface of Mars from 106 million miles away.

2005

  • HP acquires Snapfish

    2005

    HP acquires Snapfish

    In April, HP acquires online photo service Snapfish.

  • 10 millionth ProLiant server shipped

    2005

    10 millionth ProLiant server shipped

    HP ships its 10 millionth HP ProLiant server in June. The first x86 processor-based ProLiant servers were shipped in 1993 by Compaq (later acquired by HP). HP held the No. 1 ranking for worldwide x86 server shipments for 35 consecutive quarters to this date (nearly 9 years).

  • A print breakthrough

    2005

    A print breakthrough

    HP announces a breakthrough ink-based printing platform. The inkjet printhead is fabricated as one unit via a photolithographic process, rather than welded together in post-production.

  • HP garage restored
    HP garage restoration, 2005

    HP garage restoration, 2005

    2005

    HP garage restored

    HP completes its restoration of the property where the company was founded - the HP garage. The project brings the original house, shed and garage at 367 Addison Avenue, Palo Alto, back to conditions much as they were in 1939, when the founders established the now legendary Hewlett-Packard partnership. Completion of the project was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting on December 6.

  • HP acquires Scitex Vision

    2005

    HP acquires Scitex Vision

    HP acquires Scitex Vision, a market leader in wide and super-wide format printers for signage and industrial applications such as billboards, banners, street advertising and packaging

2006

  • 100 millionth LaserJet shipped.

    2006

    100 millionth LaserJet shipped.

    HP ships its 100 millionth LaserJet printer. HP shipped its first LaserJet printer in 1984.

  • Mercury

    2006

    Mercury

    HP acquires Mercury Interactive Corp. in November, HP’s largest software acquisition to date, to create a new organization for business technology optimization (BTO).

  • Wonderful World of Color

    2006

    Wonderful World of Color

    Color scientists are making fundamental contributions to the International Color Consortium (ICC), which helps ensure that colors captured on one device can be reproduced satisfactorily on others. By making color management more predictable, researchers hope to help transform commercial printing into a Web-based business.

  • OpenCall

    2006

    OpenCall

    HP's OpenCall adds streaming media and network overlay technologies to enable high-quality, reliable transfer of multimedia over 3G phone networks.

  • Gesture-based keyboard

    2006

    Gesture-based keyboard

    HP Labs India creates the Gesture Keyboard (GKB), a low cost device to input phonetic languages. With the help of this keyboard, people who are not conversant in the English language can use a computer to send emails, browse the web and handle documents.

2007

  • TouchSmart introduced

    2007

    TouchSmart introduced

    HP introduces its first TouchSmart PC, an all-in-one PC with a touch-screen display. HP also introduces a touch-screen consumer tablet PC.

  • HP Garage historic landmark

    2007

    HP Garage historic landmark

    On April 20, the site of HP’s founding – the famed HP Garage, house and shed – is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

  • One billion pounds recycled

    2007

    One billion pounds recycled

    HP achieves its goal of recycling one billion pounds of electronics. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the inception of HP recycling programs, which now operate in more than 40 countries, regions and territories.

  • HP licenses drug delivery skin patch

    2007

    HP licenses drug delivery skin patch

    HP licenses its technology for a drug delivery skin patch that enables painless, controlled release of drugs. Developed as a way to repurpose its inkjet technology, the technology in the skin patch is similar to that employed in HP’s patented process for its inkjet cartridges.

2008

  • HP reports greenhouse gas emissions

    2008

    HP reports greenhouse gas emissions

    HP is the first IT company to release information on the greenhouse gas emissions associated with its products manufacturing by publishing the emissions attributed to its first tier suppliers. The reporting is part of HP’s effort to promote supply chain responsibility.

  • Memristor
    Memristor wafer

    Memristor wafer

    2008

    April

    Memristor

    Researchers at HP Labs solve a decades-old mystery by proving the existence of a fourth basic element in integrated circuits—the memristor (short for memory resistor). The memristor could lead to far more energy-efficient computers with some of the pattern-matching abilities of the human brain.

  • HP 2133 Mini-Note PC introduced

    2008

    April

    HP 2133 Mini-Note PC introduced

    HP introduces a full-function, mini-notebook computer: the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC. Designed for the education market, it also offers mobile professionals a sleek, lightweight device that provides access to information and the ability to collaborate with others.

  • HP POD

    2008

    HP POD

    HP's POD (Performance Optimized Data Center) is a modular data center that delivers the equivalent of 4,000-plus square feet of typical data center capacity in a 40-foot shipping container. Customers can expand data centers quickly while increasing energy efficiency and reducing capital expenses on brick-and-mortar facilities.

  • HP acquires EDS

    2008

    HP acquires EDS

    On August 26, HP acquires Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS), a multi- billion technology services company. With this acquisition, initially announced on May 13, HP has one of the technology industry's broadest portfolios of products, services and end-to-end solutions. The acquisition is, by value, the largest in the IT services sector and the second largest in the technology industry, following HP's acquisition of Compaq in 2002.

2009

  • HP receives prestigious IEEE award

    2009

    HP receives prestigious IEEE award

    HP receives the prestigious IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing award for its HP-35 scientific calculator. Introduced in 1972, the HP-35 was the world's first handheld-sized scientific calculator, standing apart from its peers, which could only perform four basic functions – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

  • A new paradigm for printing

    2009

    A new paradigm for printing

    The world's first web-connected home printer is introduced. The HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web allows users to print from the web using the printer as their only access device. A host of applications is provided, including the ability to search movies, buy tickets in advance and print tickets at home.

  • 3Com

    2009

    3Com

    HP acquires 3Com Corporation, a leading provider of networking switching, routing and security solutions. HP's strategy builds on the convergence of servers, storage, networking, management, facilities and services.

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2010

  • ArcSight

    2010

    13-Sep

    ArcSight

    HP acquires ArcSight, a security and compliance management company

  • Environmental milestones

    2010

    Environmental milestones

    HP achieves several milestones in its environmental efforts, including the production of more than 1 billion ink cartridges manufactured with recycled plastic and the planet's first PVC-free printer, the HP ENVY 100 e-All-in-One.

  • Mobile printing revolutionized

    2010

    Mobile printing revolutionized

    Mobile printing comes of age with the industry's first mobile print solution. Using the cloud, users can print from any web-connected device (smartphones, tablets, netbooks and more) by sending an email to any new e-mail enabled HP printer. "HP ePrint: if you can email it, you can print it."

  • 3PAR storage

    2010

    20-Sep

    3PAR storage

    HP acquires 3PAR, a leading storage provider.

2011

  • Next-generation data centers

    2011

    Next-generation data centers

    In March, HP opens a state-of-the-art research facility in Fort Collins, Colo., to explore new strategies for reducing the environmental impact of next-generation data centers.

  • HP introduces wireless mouse

    2011

    HP introduces wireless mouse

    HP introduces the industry's first wireless mouse. The HP Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse is the first mouse to connect quickly and easily without a USB dongle via a PC's built-in Wi-Fi receiver.

  • Autonomy

    2011

    Autonomy

    On August 18, HP announces the acquisition of Autonomy Corporation plc, a global infrastructure software company for the enterprise.

  • Meg Whitman leads HP
    HP CEO Meg Whitman

    HP CEO Meg Whitman

    2011

    Meg Whitman leads HP

    On September 22, HP's board of directors appoints Meg Whitman as president and chief executive officer.

2012

  • Free recycling

    2012

    12-Apr

    Free recycling

    HP powers a program for free electronics recycling for all brands of office electronics at Staples stores nationwide—regardless of where the products were purchased.

  • Simple never goes out of style

    2012

    Simple never goes out of style

    Polymorphic simplicity is how HP describes its single-system storage architecture for all sizes of client deployments, making storage less complex and more efficient.

2013

  • Moonshot delivers
    Moonshot: World's first SDN server

    Moonshot: World's first SDN server

    2013

    8-Apr

    Moonshot delivers

    Based on 10 years of research from HP Labs, Moonshot is the world's first software-defined server. A fundamental disruption in server design, Moonshot servers run on extreme low-energy microprocessors originally designed for mobile phones. Moonshot uses up to 89% less energy, 80% less space and costs 77% less than traditional servers, helping companies keep up with the information demands of the time.

  • Instant ink

    2013

    1-Oct

    Instant ink

    An ink replacement service ordered by your printer and delivered to your door, HP Instant Ink ensures that you’ll never run out of ink.

  • 200 Million and Counting

    2013

    12-Nov

    200 Million and Counting

    HP celebrates another milestone--building on years of innovation, the 200 millionth LaserJet printer ships.

  • The end of backup as we know it

    2013

    21-Nov

    The end of backup as we know it

    HP unveils the industry's first adaptive, dynamic and self-aware backup and recovery software solution. HP Data Protector 8.1 upends the traditional backup and recovery model, using real-time operational analytics to optimize storage.

2014

  • Happy Birthday!

    2014

    1-Jan

    Happy Birthday!

    HP celebrates its 75th anniversary.

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