Drawings by Christian BUIS
WHY: Because the Hewlett Packard Success Story is a story worth telling, and a story worth understanding.
WHAT: It deserves a place to honor and remember the individual innovative contributions that built this organization, and a way to share them.
A proud home befitting the quality of the collection. Allowing students, scientists and passionate fans, access to an unparalleled portfolio of inventions and innovations made by HP during the last 70 years.
HOW: By taking advantage of the first 15 years of work on the HP Memory Project,
The combination of all the elements listed in the previous chapter prove that the HP Memory Project is one of the most historically significant HP archives remaining, of both physical hardware and substantial quantities of documentation. However, the project is not just a collection. It is also an ambitious work focused on the preservation of the history of a company which focused on innovation.
How could these resources be better utilized in a more relevant place? Such an exhibition could be constructed in many different ways. This chapter, will develop some of our thoughts on trying to accomplish that objective.
From the beginning of this project, we have always thought that if such a place were to be built, it must not be seen as a Museum with antiques on pedestals, but as a showroom displaying Progress and the methods HP used to create state of the art technology.
The showplace is imagined as a walk through time. Travelling from engineering “bench” to “bench” witnessing progress in technology, with the flavor of changing times and styles. Each exhibit would be fitted with working instrumentation highlighting the best available technology along with period furnishings and accessories.
A very simplified illustration of this concept is shown in the animation above.
Between the booths, information relative to the "scene" will be offered to the visitor through their choice of presentation media (to be discussed later). Many variations of visitor assistance are envisaged, from the simplest information panel, to the most sophisticated interactive technologies, and even volunteer-manned displays. As well, many different types of information can be delivered through this media:
Six booths would be a minimum, thus dividing the overall story into approximately six decades. A minimum length of 13 feet for each booth, and 7 feet between them would be necessary.
The booths could be arranged in different ways depending on the space available, and the shape of the room which will host the full exhibition. Three main kinds of arrangements could be envisaged:
The in line option would create a long showcase to look at, while walking along a long wall. The "U" and semi-circle shapes would be a choice also, giving a panoramic overview of the full timeline at first glance, but would increase the overall needed space.
Inside each booth, individual pieces of equipment on display could be temporarily enhanced by a small floodlight while details about the product would be available to the visitor by a recorded audio, and/or video message.
Another possible approach would be to give the visitor control of the available information via a control screen facing the booth. Dedicated Web pages accessed from these control screens will give a choice of informational items as discussed in the Concept chapter above. As a guide, we refer to some displays at the Computer History Museum, which use active video signage, allowing static messages as well as supporting video.
It is important to note that a large part of this work has already been done during the construction of the HP Memory Website. Most of the necessary products have already been photographed, and original documents have been scanned. Even some existing animations could be used as-is, to improve the quality of the information available. Some examples below:
In a real installation, it would be easy to have it fully automated using Hewlett-Packard equipment and Agilent VEE Pro software controlling already available HP automation hardware.
A short-form, non-exhaustive, listing of the key products and related technologies to be exhibited and demonstrated can be seen in the tables below. The tables have been constructed according to the suggested six decade timeline. All products listed are included in the HP Memory collection, excepted those marked with (*)
|1939||Improving Audio Signal Generator quality, at a surprisingly low price||HP 200A/200B|
|1943||Offering better insights into signal distortion and multiple signal applications Low Frequency Signal Quality Analysis - Distortion||HP 300A|
|1944||Improving in-house Frequency Reference accuracy||HP 100A/100B|
|1945||Introduced the first Electronic Frequency Meter||HP 500A|
|1945||Improving accuracy of Very High Frequency voltage measurement||HP 410A|
|1940s||Dramatically extending the performance and range of power and frequency in electronic signal generation||HP 200 series|
|1948||Introduced the first Test Oscillator covering the entire Audio to Video Frequency Range||HP 650A|
|1948||Exploiting the microwave technology that emerged from WWII systems||HP 616A|
|1950||Improving accuracy and simplifying analysis of RF and VHF networks - Direct reading of Magnitude and Phase||HP 803A - HP 417A|
|1950||Extending the range of signal generation from Audio to UHF||HP 608A|
|1952||Invented the first High Frequency Electronic Counter||HP 524A|
|1955||Drastically extending the range of Frequency Counters to the microwave spectrum with harmonic mixing Transfer Oscillator||HP 540A|
|1958||Improving accuracy and frequency range of DC to Microwave Power Measurement||HP 434A|
|1959||Improving accuracy and resolution of low frequency signal analysis||HP 302A|
|1959||Automating Digital Voltage Measurements||HP 405AR|
|1959||Simplifying DC Current Measurements||HP 428A|
|1960s||HP-Labs Developing new components for improved electronic circuit performances||Hot-Carrier
|1960||Invented the sampling technology enabling for ultra-large bandwidth oscilloscopes of the future||HP 185A|
|1963||Improving Frequency Synthesizer technology||HP 5100A|
|1964||Invented the first transportable Cesium-beam Atomic Clock||HP 5060A|
|1964||Improving range and accuracy of Microwave Signal Analysis||HP 8551A|
|1966||Automating tedious Component Measurement of R, L, and C||HP 4260A|
|1966||Introduced Vector Impedance Measurement for RF to UHF||HP 4815A - 8405A|
|1966||Introduced the first go-anywhere, do-anything computer||HP 2116A|
|1966||HP-Labs develop the first commercially available light-emitting diode||HP LEDs|
|1967||Innovation in Microwave Network Analysis||HP 8410A|
|1968||Introduced the First programmable scientific desktop calculator||HP 9100A|
|1969||Introduced a generation of Spectrum Analyzers which become the industry standard for the next 10 years||HP 141T-855X|
|1970||Introduced the first computing counter||HP 5360A|
|1971||Introduced the most sophisticated "Q" Meter ever built||HP 4342A|
|1971||Introduced a laser interferometer capable of measuring to millionths of an inch||HP 5501A|
|1972||Introducing the first Microwave Link Analyzer, which became the industry reference for evolving telecommunication microwave links||HP 3702A|
|1972||Introduced the first "No Tuning" Broadband microwave counter (1Hz - 18 GHz)||HP 5340A|
|1972||Introduced the first pocket scientific calculator||HP-35|
|1973||Introduced a new standard in microwave power measurement||HP 435A - 848X power probes|
|1973||Introduced a new standard in RF, VHF, UHF general purpose signal sources||HP 8640A/B|
|1973||Introducing the first tools dedicated to logic circuitry servicing||HP 105XX Logic Probes|
|1975||Introducing the first programmable pocket scientific calculator||HP-65|
|1975||Standardization of the Hewlett Packard Interface Bus as an international standard||HP-IB|
|1975||Introduced the first Logic State Analyzer||HP 1601L|
|1977||Extending the frequency coverage of synthesized signal sources to the microwave spectrum||HP 8672A|
|1978||Invented a new concept to help debug complex logic circuitry (signature analysis)||HP 5004A|
|1978||Introduced the first automatic spectrum analyzer||HP 8568A|
|1980||Introduced the world lowest phase noise signal source||HP 8662A|
|1980||Introduced the first Microprocessor Development System||HP 64000|
|1980||Introduced the first commercial Laser Printer for general office use||HP 2680A *|
|1981||Produced the first microcircuit made of 600,000 transistors with NMOS-III technology||NMOS-III|
|1981||Introduced the first Color Graphic Desktop Computer||HP 9845C|
|1981||Introduced the first compact low-cost Personal Computer with integrated thermal printer, magnetic tape storage, and ROM resident Basic Language||HP 85A|
|1981||Introduced a new line of large, drafting-quality Plotters||HP 7580/85|
|1982||Introduced the first fully programmable Digital Oscilloscope||HP 1980A/B|
|1984||Introduced the first commercial Desktop Laser Printer||LaserJet|
|1984||Launched the first inkjet printer based on the thermal inkjet technology developed by HP Labs in the 1970s||HP 2225|
|1985||Introduced a new generation of Microwave Automatic Network Analyzers||HP 8510A|
|1986||Introduced the first generation of PA-RISC Workstations||HP 9000/S800|
|1986||Introduced the first generation of 3D Graphic Workstations, with Starbase Graphics Library||HP SRX|
|1988||Introduced the first combined Spectrum/Network Analyzer||HP 4195A|
|1989||Produced custom VLSI to deliver enhanced performance to earlier graphics subsystem design||Turbo SRX|
|1989||Introduced a new generation of Digital Data Storage (DDS) drives using an helical scan tape technology||HP DDS|
|1990||Introduced a new generation of Digitizing Oscilloscopes with up to 500 MHz bandwidth||HP 54XXX|
|1990||Introduced a set of integrated hardware and software products for network management||HP OpenView|
|1990||Introduced the first A3, 180 dpi Color Inkjet Printer||PaintJet XL|
|1991||Introduced the first Color Desktop Printer using fundamental color (sRGB) compression and half-toning algorithms||HP DeskJet 500C|
|1991||Upgraged the 8510 Network Analyzer with last generation microprocessor for increased computing power||HP 8510C|
|1992||Introduced a Visual Engineering Environment for test software development||HP VEE|
|1992||Introduced the new concept of Frequency Domain Analysis||HP 53310A|
|1992||Introduced a new product line of instruments based on the VXI Standard for test and measurement system architecture||HP VXI bus|
|1994||Introduced a Collaborative Multimedia Environment for HP 9000, Series 700 and 800 Workstations||HP MPower|
|1994||Introduced a third-generation HP Thermal Color Inkjet printhead with "Laser-Comparable" resolution||HP 1200C|
|1994||Introduced the 64-Bit architecture (Itanium) that eventually becomes Intel's next-generation Itanium architecture launched in 2001||HP Itanium *|
|1995||Introduced a Dynamic Modeling Software for Three-Dimensional computer-aided design||SolidDesigner|
|1996||Introduced a collection of software algorithms to use the Global Positioning System (GPS) as a source of timing and frequency reference||HP SmartClock|
|1996||Produced the World highest luminosity Light Emiting Diode||Power LED|
|1997||Innovations in digital photography technology (adaptive lighting, color balance, automatic red-eye removal, and "custom photo lab" inside HP cameras.||HP Cameras|
Basically, Hewlett Packard's achievements can be exhibited in any place where the illustration of technology growth is the objective. The HP Memory Project could deliver everything necessary for a Hewlett Packard display in such an exhibition.
Hosting and maintaining the project described above would require considerable funding. Hopefully, if a project with this level of sophistication could find sponsors, there would be no limit to the variety of configurations which could utilize the currently available resources.
The main objective of this presentation was to present a review of all available resources that the HP Memory Project has collected during its first 15 years of activity, and to suggest possible future evolution. Additionally, this presentation hopes to raise awareness among interested parties, and we will be glad to deliver more information to any request coming from any serious organization who could become active partners in the project, and who would be willing to benefit from the work already done.
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