The establishment of HP
In the 1930s, HP founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard met at Stanford University. At this time, Silicon Valley was nothing more than a large span of agriculture that had orchards and farms. Within a small garage located in Palo Alto, Hewlett and Packard agreed on a joint-venture that started the birth of Silicon Valley as we know of it now.
The very first breakthrough that they stumbled upon was devices that measure sound frequencies; the resistance-tuned audio oscillator. They named it the Model 200A Audio Oscillator—a name they thought could make them look like an established company with an active product line.
By January 1939, Hewlett and Packard fully established their company with a name that was decided upon the result of a coin toss. This only happened after their success in the production and sale of their audio oscillator.
Not one year past that, the addition of two new employees deemed unfavourable for a headquarters and production centre. They moved to Palo Alto’s Page Mill Road.
It was not until 1966 that HP first developed, produced, and marketed its first computer. This was preceded by the establishment of HP Labs. This was then followed by the formation of the Hewlett Foundation and its first personal computer. While Hewlett became CEO and Packard got into the army, their company led in the laser interferometers industry which then was followed by the official entry into the business computing industry in 1972.
HP first developed its first PC in 1980. They move into China the next year. Following that, in 1982, HP launched its first handheld computer and desktop mainframes. Upon winning the science medal in 1983, HP introduced Touchscreen PC and it was followed by it first laptop in 1984. In the same year, HP invented the ThinkJet printing and launched the HP LaserJet. When HP launched its HP DeskkJet, the garage of which the company’s was established was named a landmark.
In 1991, HP decided to recycle toner cartridges which then revolutionized the colour printing industry. This resulted in the 10 million sale of HP LaserJets in 1993. Packard then publishes the HP Way in 1995, coincidentally being a goodbye notion to the passing of his partner in 1996.
It was after the passing of Hewlett in 2001 that HP Services was launched. It then started to contribute to nanotechnology and in 2002, HP merged with Compaq to better themselves together.
After the fight with counterfeiters and winning the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) award, HP furthered their path into great innovation and technological prowess in achieving its 100 millionth shipping of their LaserJet and the gesture-based keyboard.
In 2009, HP received the prestigious IEEE award again through its new paradigm for printing and the 3com acquisition.
HP started the free recycling programme for ink cartridges and then moved to the revolution of its Instant Ink and the milestone of the 200 millionth LaserJet shipped and sold. In 2013, HP signified the end of backup software with the industry’s first adaptive, dynamic, and self-aware backup and recovery solution, the HP Data Protector 8.1.
Range of HP products and services in Singapore
HP supplies a wide range of products from printers, scanners, servers, to calculators, PDAs, workstation computers, home and small-business use computers. As of 2001, HP began to promote itself as a provider of services to design, implement, and support IT infrastructure, apart from hardware and software.
HP’s Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) is described as “the leading imaging and printing systems provider in the world for printer hardware, printing supplies and scanning devices, providing solutions across customer segments from individual consumers to small and medium businesses to large enterprises”.
The Hewlett-Packard product line-up is as below:
- InkJet and LaserJet printers
- OfficeJet all-in-one multifunction printer/scanner/faxes
- DesignJet and Scitex Large Format Printers
- Indigo Digital Press
- HP Web Jetadmin printer management software
- HP Output Management suite of software
- LightScribe optical recording technology
- HP Photosmart digital cameras and photo printers
- HP SPaM
- Snapfish by HP (photo sharing, photo products service
HP’s Personal Systems Group (PSG) refers itself as “one of the leading vendors of personal computers in the world based on unit volume shipped and annual revenue”.
- Business PCs and accessories
- Consumer PCs and accessories – HP Pavilion, Compaq Presario, VoodooPC
- Handheld computing—iPAQ Pocket PC
- Digital entertainment – HP MediaSmart TVs, HP MediaSmart Servers, HP MediaVaults, DVD+RW drives
HP’s name as sponsor
In accordance to BusinessWeek Study, HP was the 11th most valuable brand in the world, as of 2009. One of the most well-known sponsorships is of Walt Disney World’s Epcot Park’s Mission: SPACE. In the years of 1995, 1999, and 2013, HP was the shirt sponsor of the Premier League club, Tottenham Hotspur F. C. They were also sponsors of the Australian Football League club, North Melbourne Football Club. Formerly sponsored by Compaq, HP became the official sponsor of the BMW Williams Formula 1 team until 2005 and the Renault F1 team in 2010. They had naming rights arrangement for the HP Pavilion as San Jose, home of the San Jose Sharks NHL hockey team. Apart from sports, HP also has corporate sponsorships in the business sector that included Fespa (print trade exhibitions) and O’Reilly Media’s Velocity (web development) conference.
What shopping at iprice for HP products can get you in Singapore
Being an American global information technology company, the Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), you can expect innovative greatness in their products. Specifically on the hardware of laptops and PCs and their printers, their humble ‘in-a-garage’ beginnings, coupled with their strive to produce the best products while adhering to the needs and wants of their consumers alongside their strict attentive nature to recycling their used products make it a highly respected and profitable company. You can continue to browse for their products above and you will only find the promotions and discounts here at iprice Singapore!