Computer Systems - Accessories

Terminals Selection:

1) 92171F 264X Terminal Stand (1975)
2) 13265A Modem (1979)
3) 3074A/M Data Link Adapter (1979)
4) 37220T Modem (1979)
5) 13267A Async Multipoint Interfce (1980)
6) 13268A Multipoint Daisy Chain Interface (1980)
7) 12828A RS-232C Panel (1980)
8) 13266A Current Loop Interface (1980)
9) 13264A Data Link Adapter (1981)
10) 39301A Fibre Mux (1981)
11) 16800A Bar Code Scanner (1982)
12) 5061-5800 Fibre Adaptor (1982)
13) 92911A Bar Code Reader (1983)
14) 37212B 2400 bps Modem (1983)
15) 92915A Bar Code Reader (1984)
16) 28658-60005 8-port Panel (1987)
17) 28659-60005 6-port Panel (1987)
18) 40290-60010 8-port Panel (1987)
19) 92165R RS-232 Surge Protector (1988)
20) 46081A HP-HIL Ext w/ Audio (1989)
21) 5181-2085 Distribution Panel (1990)
22) 5062-3054 RS232 Full Modem (1992)


When HP entered the computer business, the company only made central processors. HP did not make any peripherals other than tape drives which it had acquired from the Datamec Corporation. Even in the early days of computing, the computers themselves often made up less than twenty percent of the hardware value of customer installations. In the early 1970s, HP began making peripherals for its computers, in order to capture more revenue from computer customers.

HP began selling CRT terminals in 1972. The original HP terminals were OEM'd from third parties. HP began manufacturing its own terminals in 1974. The sale of data terminals taught the company a very important lesson that would drive hardware revenue and profitability for the next three decades. HP made more money selling peripherals with its computer installations. But unlike other HP peripherals which were only attached to HP computers, HP terminals were sold into third party computer installations, a much bigger market than HP computer installations would ever be. 

By the end of the 1970s, more than half of all HP terminals sold were attached to computers made by other vendors. Between 1974 and 1984, terminals were the primary vehicle for data input for most computer users (thereafter, PCs began to assume this role). During this time, HP made terminals from the very basic to what would best be described as high-end graphics workstations (the 2700).

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