About HP Labs

HP Labs is the exploratory and advanced research group for Hewlett-Packard, tackling complex challenges facing our customers and society over the next decade, while pushing the frontiers of fundamental science.
HP Labs: Innovating far into the future

HP Labs is passionate about making our research real – driving technology to commercialization in the areas most important to our customers and society. We are driven to create solutions that transform data into value, bytes into experiences, noise into knowledge. We take our technologies from prototype to near market-ready, co-investing with HP’s businesses to deliver new capabilities for HP and our customers.

We invest across HP’s strategic pillars – cloud, security, information optimization – and also in key areas such as mobility, content and printing, sustainability, and future computing platforms and capabilities.

We look at emerging trends to understand where our industry – and our world – is headed, invest in a forward-looking, ambitious research agenda  for tomorrow, and build a pipeline to fuel the next generation of HP products, services and solutions, delivering breakthroughs that can transform current businesses and create new ones.

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Our history

In 1966, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard decided to create a central research lab for HP to free scientists from day-to-day business problems so they could focus on ideas that would help shape the company's future.

HP Labs has a long history of technical achievements including such well-known early innovations as pocket scientific calculator (1972), thermal inkjet printing (1984) and RISC architecture (1986).

In the past two decades, our contributions have ranged from optical sensing technology used in cordless mice (1998), to the world's first molecular logic gate (1999), a fundamental step in the creation of chemically assembled electronic nanocomputers, to Jena, the most popular toolkit for Semantic Web developers (2000).

HP Labs began its pioneering work in what is now known as sustainable IT in 2000, resulting in hundreds of patents and several HP products, including Dynamic Smart Cooling (2006) which reduces data center cooling costs by 25 to 40 percent.

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Technology contributions

Recent innovations from HP Labs include: