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HP to Develop Printing Profiles for Bluetooth Wireless Technology.

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PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 2, 2000

HP DeskJet, LaserJet, PhotoSmart, OmniBook, Jornada, Business

Desktop PC and JetDirect Divisions to Support Bluetooth

Hewlett-Packard Company today said it will lead the development of printing profiles for the Bluetooth wireless technology, an emerging standard in wireless communication. HP, already a Bluetooth Adopter, will assume Associate status in the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, and will use its expertise in printing and imaging to help drive Bluetooth into new consumer segments. The technology, which makes omni-directional, non-line-of-sight transmission possible, will make pervasive wireless connectivity a reality. For example, travelers could print text messages from their cell phones to an airline-club fax machine, or they could print a map from a PDA to a gas station kiosk complete with printer.

"We believe Bluetooth will become a pervasive technology and that its full potential will be realized only when a total solution is accessible: input, transfer, manipulation and output of information," said Vyomesh Joshi, vice president and general manager of HP's Inkjet Systems Business. "That's where HP can add real value."

"The Bluetooth Special Interest Group is delighted to see that HP has increased its involvement in the Bluetooth SIG, said James Kardach of Intel Corporation and chairman of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. HP's expertise in printing and imaging will help to develop new consumer usage models that can take advantage of the Bluetooth wireless technology."

New Imaging and Printing Paradigm

HP will lead the development of the Bluetooth wireless technology printing profiles, which will define the framework and standard language that will allow printers to communicate with other Bluetooth printing-enabled devices.

HP's support of the Bluetooth wireless technology in the consumer products arena is designed to ensure that common devices such as notebook and desktop PCs, personal digital appliances (PDAs), printers, faxes and cell phones can communicate with each other at short range, providing a Personal Area Network (PAN). Initially, mobile and business professionals will benefit from Bluetooth technology and HP's contribution to the printing and imaging profiles.

"The market potential for Bluetooth devices is staggering," stated Joshi. "Some estimate that these devices will number 400 million by 2006. HP will make it possible for people to capture and print information, where, when and how they want it."

HP's DeskJet, LaserJet and PhotoSmart printer divisions will support the Bluetooth profile initiative, as will HP's PhotoSmart digital camera, HP OmniBook notebook PC, HP Jornada handheld PC, HP business desktop PC and JetDirect divisions.

Regarding HP's Infrared (Ir) wireless connectivity, Joshi said, "HP LaserJet, PhotoSmart, Jornada and OmniBook customers have enjoyed the benefits of HP Ir solutions. We'll continue to offer, expand and improve those solutions. Our initiatives with Bluetooth will co-exist with our Ir options, and together will provide balanced solutions for wireless connectivity."

Bluetooth

The Bluetooth wireless technology is a specification for small form factor, low-cost radio solution providing links between mobile computers, mobile phones and other portable handheld devices, and connectivity to the Internet. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group, which is driving development of the technology an bringing it to market, includes promoter companies 3Com Corporation, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Lucent, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, and Toshiba, and more than 1800 adopter companies.

About HP

Hewlett-Packard Company -- a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services for business and home -- is focused on capitalizing on the opportunities of the Internet and the proliferation of electronic services.

HP announced that it will spin off Agilent Technologies and distribute its shares of Agilent on June 2, 2000 to HP shareowners of record as of May 2, 2000. Agilent consists of HP's test and measurement, semiconductor products, chemical analysis and healthcare solutions businesses.

HP has 85,400 employees worldwide and had total revenue from continuing operations of $42.4 billion in its 1999 fiscal year. Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com.

Note to Editors: Bluetooth is a trademark of the Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson.
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