Hewlett Packard Founded
1st January 1939
Hewlett Packard was founded on 1st January 1939 by Stamford University graduates David Packard and Bill Hewlett. Their initial premises was a garage in Palo Alto, California, as was the case with so many Silicon Valley computer companies of the time.
Their first product was not in fact a computer at all, but the HP 200A Precision Audio Oscillator, which became a very popular piece of test equipment for engineers mainly due to its unique design and low cost. Walt Disney bought eight of the later model, the HP 200B which they used to certify the Fantasound surround sound system installed in cinemas for their classic "Fantasia" film in 1940.
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