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HP Introduces a Cool, New Learning Tool Designed for Generation Y: The HP 30S Scientific Calculator.

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CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 13, 2000

Calculator for Middle-school Students to Enhance Classroom Studies

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Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HWP) Company today announced the HP 30S scientific calculator, designed specifically for Generation Y(1) with fun, educational features that help middle-school students master math and science lessons. The HP 30S was introduced here at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) annual conference.

The HP 30S is HP's second scientific calculator created especially for Generation Y students, following the HP 6S. Since its introduction in April 1999, the HP 6S has become wildly popular among middle-school students and teachers.

"We first developed the HP 6S calculator not only to serve the needs of middle-school students, but also to provide them with a fun and stylish educational tool that they are excited to use in learning and applying new concepts," said Jeff Blough, business manager for HP's North American Calculator Operation. "We built upon the successes that we found with the HP 6S to develop the HP 30S. With new features and functions, the HP 30S enhances the learning experience in middle-school science and math classrooms."

One of the most notable additions to the HP 30S is the large two-line display with a convenient, editable command-line history. Appealing to a student's individual sense of style, the HP 30S also comes with three interchangeable colored faceplates in gray, blue and purple. Additional faceplates can be purchased in translucent blue, red, green, purple and opaque blue.

HP also developed a new curriculum of learning activities for middle-school students, utilizing the HP 30S in their studies of math and science. A similar curriculum also accompanied the HP 6S and is widely used in middle-school classrooms across the country.

"Our line of Generation Y calculators were designed to be easy to use for teachers and students alike," said Blough. "The HP 30S's functions and features and creative curriculum complement concepts learned in middle-school science and math classes, making lessons more exciting for educators to teach and students to learn."

Designed to offer a user-friendly experience, the HP 30S provides such features as a quality HP keypad with large, soft-edged keys, spaced apart from one another to minimize unwanted key presses. Additionally, operators and data can be entered in the order that one would solve a problem on paper.

Students can take advantage of 250 built-in functions and 10 memory registers. Other special features include a constant mode, which allows appending of any combination of numbers, variables, functions and operations, and the equation solver, which enables students to quickly solve both quadratic and linear simultaneous equations without tedious calculations. The HP 30S can convert fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions, as well as metric to imperial and vice versa.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The HP 30S is available now for an estimated U.S. street price of $14.

A list of North American retailers that carry HP calculators is available at http://www.hp.com/calculators/purchase/north_america.html.

About HP Calculators

HP offers a comprehensive range of calculators designed for math and science students, engineers, scientists, and financial and business consultants. Manufactured with the quality and durability that customers have come to expect from HP, HP calculators feature hundreds of built-in functions, user-friendly displays and easy-to-use features.

Information about HP calculators can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com/calculators. Additional information about HP in education can be found at http://www.hpatschool.hp.com.

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 plans to spin off Agilent Technologies and distribute its shares to HP shareowners by mid-calendar year 2000. Agilent consists of HP's test and measurement, semiconductor products, chemical analysis and healthcare solutions businesses, and has leading positions in multiple market segments.

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.

(1) Demographically, Generation Y represents children born between 1979 and 1994. They are as young as five and as old as 21, with the largest slice still a decade away from adolescence.
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