HP was founded by William “Bill” Redington Hewlett and Dave Packard in 1939. It was started in a car garage in Palo Alto, California, where today it is headquartered. The first product of HP was an audio oscillator. Today, HP specializes in developing and manufacturing PCs, networking hardware, computer storage and delivering services. HP’s product line includes PCs, servers, networking products, storage devices, software, printers and imaging products.
It’s noteworthy to mention some of the key milestones of HP since 1939. HP became a public organization in 1957. In 1961 HP was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. In 1962 HP entered the Fortune 500 list at position 460. HP entered the Asian market in 1963.
In 1974 HP introduced world’s first programmable pocket calculator. In 1980 HP manufactured its first PC named HP - 85. In 1982, HP - 75C debuted as the first handheld computer and in 1983 the first touch screen PC was devised.
In 2002, HP and Compaq merged and subsequently the company’s stock symbol changed to HPQ. In 2010, HP acquired 3PAR, a leading storage provider. In 2011, HP introduced the industries’ first wireless mouse. In 2013, HP came with the revolutionary HP data protector 8.1.
HP Enterprise Business (EB) incorporates HP Technology Services, HP Enterprise Security Services and oversees services such as information security, network security, and compliance. HP Software Division is the company’s enterprise software unit. Under the office Strategy and Technology come HP Labs, which is the research wing of HP.
In 1991, HP reinvented large-format design with the launch of the first HP DesignJet inkjet plotter.
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The plotter is a computer printer for printing vector and raster graphics. Plotters are used to print designs of ships and machines, plans for buildings and numerous other technical drawings.In the past, pen plotters were used in applications such as computer-aided design, though they have been replaced with wide-format inkjet plotters. A pen plotter gives a hard copy of the output, drawing pictures on a paper using a pen.
Pen plotters print by moving a pen or other instrument across the surface of a piece of paper. This means that pen plotters are vector graphics devices, rather than raster graphics as with other printers. Pen plotters can draw complex line art, including text, but do so slowly because of the mechanical movement of the pens.
Pen plotters have essentially become obsolete, and have been replaced by large-format inkjet plotters. Modern plotters still use vector languages
(HPGL/2) originally designed for pen plotter use, because in many uses, they offer a more efficient alternative to raster data.
HP and Tektronix produced small, desktop-sized flatbed pen plotters in the late 1960s and 1970s. The pens were mounted on a traveling bar, whereby the y-axis was represented by motion up and down the length of the bar and the x-axis was represented by motion of the bar back and forth across the plotter table. Due to the mass of the bar, these plotters operated relatively slowly.
In the mid-to-late 2000s artists and hackers began to rediscover pen plotters as quirky, customizable output devices. The quality of the lines produced by pens on paper is quite different from other digital output techniques. Even 30-year-old pen plotters typically still function reliably, and many were available for less than £50 on auction and resale websites. While support for driving pen plotters directly or saving files as HPGL has disappeared from most commercial graphics applications, several contemporary software packages make working with HPGL on modern operating systems possible.
The modern 3D printer, with the addition of a vertical Z axis can trace its ancestry back to the old HP XY pen plotters
As use of pen plotters has waned, the HP Designjet large-format printers that have replaced them have come to be called plotters as well.