HP (Palo Alto, CA, U.S.) has 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 June 19, 2004 in Kansas City, MO, U.S. 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 3 years later.
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.
HP last won the IEEE Corporate Innovation Award for the pocket scientific calculator in 1989.
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