Publications of the 1970s

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Catalogs of the Seventies


The general catalogs published during the 70s were the following: 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1979. In 1971 a supplement to the 1970 catalog was published, and there was no catalog published in 1974.

Photos of their respective covers are shown below.


Cover of the 1970 decade catalogs available in the HP Memory collection


Scans Available

The scans of almost all published Hewlett Packard Catalog are downloadable from Glenn Robb's website

But please be aware of the warning shown below. It was published in the January 1973 Measure Magazine, announcing the publication of the 1973 general catalog.

From MEASURE Magazine January 1973
Courtesy of the Hewlett Packard Company


HP Scientific Pocket Calculators,
The Star Products in Many Issues of the 1970s Hewlett Packard Journal

The success of the HP pocket calculators, and the fast grow of this product line, generated many Hewlett Packard Journal articles during the 1970s.


  • June 1972 Introducing the HP-35 - World's First Scientific Pocket Calculator
  • May 1973Introducing the HP-80 - Business & Finance Pocket-Sized Calculator
  • May 1974Introducing the HP-65 - World's First Programmable Pocket Calculator
  • November 1975HP-21, HP-22, and HP-25 - Three New Low-cost Pocket Calculators
  • November 1976The HP-67 & HP-97 - A Pair of Program-Compatible Personal Calculators
  • December 1977Introducing the HP-01 - World's First Digital Wristwatch
June 19721 May 19732 May 19743 November 19754 November 19765 December 19776


New Concepts Often Do Not Gain Easy Acceptance,

With the birth of the microprocessor, Logic Analysis was another very innovative technique which HP pioneered during the 70s, and 80s.

In this evolutionary period, engineers were far from enthusiastic users of the logic analyzer. The concept had not yet been accepted as a common practice. The oscilloscope remained popular, although design though design leaders started to embrace the new concepts.

Some of the innovative Logic Analyzers introduced by HP during the 1970s, and beginning 1980s
HP Memory Collection

After the introduction of the first Logic State Analyzer, HP R&D Labs, Marketing Services, and Field Sales Force, still had to create technology teaching efforts to convince their customers of the importance of the Data Domain Revolution. They multiplied the number of publications, to help engineers change their thinking about logic circuitry design. The sales-aid document shown below, is a good illustration of this effort.

"Join the Data Domain Revolution," a 1975 Commercial Document
Click in Picture to download the PDF



HP-IB, Another Popular Publication Topic

The Hewlett Packard Interface Bus, introduced early in the 1970s, was another innovation that needed considerable technology teaching efforts. HP-IB opened the world of System Design, rather than using various benchtop instruments independently. Providing the engineer with the necessary information to be comfortable with such a new concept, generated a huge amount of dedicated documents.

Tutorial Description of the Hewlett-Packard Interface Bus
Courtesy of the Hewlett Packard Company

Tutorial Description
of the Hewlett-Packard Interface Bus


This coursebook is a tutorial description of the technical fundamentals of the Hewlett-Packard Interface Bus. It's intended to provide a thorough overview of HP-IB basics for the first-time HP-IB system designer, programmer, or user. It should be useful to instrument, computer, and system oriented engineers or technicians for either self-study, technical reference, or as an index for further research. In short, it's a broadband tutorial for learning about the Hewlett-Packard Interface Bus. A self-test is located in the rear to provide a means of measuring your performance.



January 1983 revision of the November 1980 edition of a Tutorial Description of the Hewlett-Packard Interface Bus. ( PDF, 11.2 Mb)





Cover of a 1975 HP-IB Marketing Document
Courtesy of the Hewlett-Packard Company


Marketing the Hewlett Packard
Interface Bus



This document listed the instruments, controllers, and accessories that were available in April 1975 for do-it-yourself HP-IB system solutions.

It is also a short-form course on the basics of HP-IB.



April 1975 HP-IB Marketing Document ( PDF, 1.4 Mb )










Bench Briefs

Hewlett-Packard's "Bench Briefs" magazine was a long running periodical dedicated to service personnel and equipment maintenance. Articles typically discussed advanced troubleshooting techniques, basic electronic theory (as applied to the service bench), important service tips for current HP equipment, and indexes of parts cross-references and Service Notes. It started at the end of the 1950s, and running until 1998.

The 1960 and 1970 decades were the peak period of Bench Briefs publication, with over 100 issues published.

The scans of many published Bench Briefs magazines are downloadable from Glenn Robb's website



The Start of Many Other Publications for the Following Decades:

The 1970s marked the start of many other Hewlett Packard publications. Some were Customer oriented, some were "Internal Only", used to give HP's technical, marketing or sales personnel confidential information about company related activities and guide lines.

Many of these publications have been scanned and are available from various sources on the net. Some of them are listed in the Resources Section of this website.





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