4/19/2004 - HP, continuing a recent string of honors for its technical achievements, announced that it has won the Corporate Innovation Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) for the development and commercialization of thermal inkjet technology.
Frank Cloutier, chief technology officer of the Imaging and Printing Group at HP, will receive the award on behalf of the company at an awards dinner on June19 in Kansas City, Mo. The citation on the award will read "for innovation of a total system of thermal inkjet printing technology and its mass commercialization."
HP first used its thermal inkjet printing technology 20 years ago when it introduced its first inkjet-based printer, the HP Thinkjet Printer in 1984. The HP Paintjet color printer, a precursor to today's desktop color printers, was introduced just three years later.
"HP invented thermal inkjet technology in 1979 and today we continue our investment in it," said Cloutier. "HP thermal inkjet technology delivers a cost-effective and high-performance printing solution that meets customer needs."
The IEEE Corporate Innovation Recognition is presented for outstanding and exemplary contributions in the field of electro technology by an industrial entity, governmental or academic organization, or other corporate body. The IEEE (www.ieee.org) is the world's largest technical professional society with approximately 360,000 members in approximately 175 countries.
HP last won the IEEE Corporate Innovation Award for the pocket scientific calculator in 1989. It was the first small device capable of performing scientific operations and it was designed to fit – literally – into Bill Hewlett's shirt pocket. When the HP co-founder delivered the challenge to his engineers, they used a ruler to measure the pocket of the shirt he was wearing.
The IEEE award is one of several that HP has won since the first of the year.
On Feb. 24, HP Senior Fellow Alan Kay and three of his former colleagues at Xerox PARC were honored with the Draper Prize by the National Academy of Engineering for the development of the networked personal computer. The award, worth $500,000, is sometimes referred to as "the Nobel Prize of engineering." The team created most of the technology taken for granted by today's PC users, including the graphical user interface (GUI), overlapping windows, dynamic object-oriented programming and computers used by individuals that are networked together.
Two weeks earlier, on Feb. 11, Barney Oliver, founding director of HP Labs, the company's central research facility, was posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Oliver created the lab in 1966 and HP established itself as an icon of excellence in research and development and shaped the face of business in what later became known as Silicon Valley.
In January, the U.S. Patent and Trade Office announced that HP rose from No. 9 to No. 5 in the list of companies with the most U.S. patents. HP was awarded 1,759 U.S. patents in 2003, a 27 percent increase over the 1,385 earned in 2002. Worldwide, HP increased its portfolio to 21,000 patents in 2003, an increase of 4,000 over the previous year.
HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. For the last four fiscal quarters, HP revenue totaled $74.7 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at www.hp.com.
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