The history of this company dates back to 1934. It was then that two graduates of Stanford University, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, met. Both have degrees in electronics engineering. The idea to found a company arose spontaneously. And it was implemented pretty quickly. Already on January 1, 1939, there was one more company in the world - there appeared Hewlett Packard or, in layman's terms, HP.
The company, which most modern consumers associate only with computer equipment and peripherals, has been engaged in all kinds of electronics over the years of its existence, sometimes having nothing to do with computers. However, there is nothing surprising here - in those years, no one even dreamed of computers.
The name arose from a simple union of the names of friends. No one offended anyone: the choice of whose surname to be the first was made through an unpretentious vote - friends just tossed a coin. So, if the coin falls on the other side, we should know the company Packard Hewlett (or RN - Agree, it does not sound very good).
Already the first products of the company (a device for testing audio equipment - the HP Model 200A audio oscillator) turned out to be very successful. At that time, only two people still worked in the company - its founders. Studio was the first customer Disney, which acquired 8 models at once. The Model 200A was favored by a significantly lower price than its competitors, which in no way affected the quality.
Like many now-famous manufacturers, fellow engineers started literally “on their knees”. The first production facilities of the company were located in the garage. By the way, in 2004 this garage was restored, turning into a kind of museum.
Over time, the company developed a simple but memorable logo that changed slightly from time to time. The slogan that appeared later is just as simple - just one word "Invent" (English - invent, invent, compose).
The beginning of the 40s fell on the war. The fleet, which suffered greatly from German submarines, needed special equipment in one way or another connected with radars. And here HP turned out to be top notch. The company not only managed to create signal generators and radar jammers, but also to gain a foothold in the industry, proving its superiority. At that time, the number of employees was already in the tens (to be precise, 45 people), and the income was very close to a million.
By the 1960s, the company was growing rapidly. There are already thousands of people working in it, and incomes are already in the hundreds of millions. HP is no longer just one of the players in the electronics market. This is already a solid and respected company, whose developments are respected and known almost all over the world.
1966 was marked by the company's entry into the computer market. HP 2116A was created. This computer is still the largest mechanical device created by the company. The cost of this miracle ranged from 25,000 to 50,000 US dollars, depending on the configuration. Initially, the HP 2116A was created for the company's internal needs, but was later expanded for mass production.
By the end of the 60s, the company introduced a new computing device - the HP 9100A desktop calculator. The device had an extended set of functions, it allowed the use of a printer and a magnetic card drive. At the time, it was simply a masterpiece. By the way, it cost more than a modern "fancy" home computer - $ 4,900. But the device became famous not only for this. In his advertising, the term "personal computer" was first used.
In 1972, the company introduced its first pocket-sized scientific calculator, the HP-35. The novelty has become legendary. Moreover, it is one of the twenty products that could change the world. After 35 years, the company, paying tribute to the past, introduced a new model with the same name, but using modern technology. So, to some extent, the HP-35 is still alive.
The 70s generally entered the history of the company as the years of formation HP in the computer market. The company not only introduces miniature devices, but also attempts to enter the desktop market, designed for both home and office.
As a result, in the early 80s the company was already a recognized player in the computer systems market. Who remains to this day.
In 2001, one important event in the history of the company took place - a merger with another major computer manufacturer, the company Compaq. HP acquired some technologies that allowed it to actively develop in the server direction. Purchase Compaq cost the company $25 million.
In 2015 Hewlett Packard split into two companies. Actually HP Inc., which manufactures equipment for ordinary users, as well as Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), whose scope is the corporate market.