News Archive - Hewlett Packard 9100A Introduction
Hewlett Packard 9100A Announcement
Hewlett Packard's Measure Magazine, March, 1968
HP's news release announcing the HP 9100A calculator. The announcement was formally made on March 11, 1968, at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, with HP's Chairman of the Board, and Founder, David Packard, addressing a packed audience of members of the press from all over the world. Prior to this formal announcement of HP's revolutionary electronic calculator that blurred the lines between a calculator and a small computer, rumors had abounded about the secret calculator project that HP had been working on for over two years.
The HP 9100A changed the world of the high-end electronic calculator, completely blowing away the high-end programmable calculators from Mathatronics, Olivetti's Programma 101, Wang Laboratories' LOCI-2, and it's 370 and 380 Programmers for the Wang 300-Series calculators, Monroe's EPIC 2000/3000 calculators, Wyle Laboratories' WS-01/WS-02 calculators, Busicom's 202, 207/207P, and 2017/2017P calculators, along with Casio's simplistic AL-1000 and AL-2000 calculators.