|Re: Old other HP products|
Message #2 Posted by Laurence Carr on 22 Aug 2003, 10:40 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Pierre Brial
I used to be a salesperson for the HP instrument group back in the late 70's. There was a huge range of instruments available. In fact the instrument business was HP's main activity, although sales of HP computers (1000 series, 3000 series etc)was rapidly catching up.
The instruments sold were signal generators, spectrum analysers, scopes, rf, microwave, DVMs, logic analysers, power supplies, and some strange items like atomic clocks, borehole loggers, surveying equipment, laser systems, process contol systems etc etc. The instrument catalogue was a huge book about 1 1/2" thick!
Hewlett and Packard started their business as manufacturers of instruments in 1939 and only expanded into other things like medical systems (now owned by Philips) in the 1960s. They also had an analytical insturments group and a components group, and of course the calculator group!
All HP instruments were taken by Agilent Technologies when this company was spun off by HP a few years ago.