No one had ever heard the word "electronics"
in 1939 when Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard applied for
what became U.S. Patent No. 2,268,872. Their groundbreaking
audio oscillator was HP's first product and an essential
tool in the production of the historic Disney film Fantasia.
HP Labs, which marks its 35th anniversary this year,
maintains that spirit of invention at Hewlett-Packard.
Created in 1966, the lab has grown from a small band
of engineers to one of the leading industrial research
laboratories with seven sites around the world.
That's still the case. Researchers in our printing
and imaging labs are working to make professional-quality
publishing accessible to anyone. In our Internet systems
and storage group, teams are developing the infrastructure
for computing on a planetary scale. Elsewhere, scientists
are pushing the limits of the physically possible to
fabricate computers on a nanometer scale.
HP Labs has a long history of technical innovation.
Here are just a few milestones from the past 35 years:
1984 Thermal Inkjet Printing - HP's first inkjet
printer is launched using thermal inkjet technology
developed in HP Labs in the 1970s. Dot matrix and impact
printers are history.