In hopes of driving a comeback, Hewlett-Packard is trying to change the fundamentals of how computers work. Nearly three-quarters of the people in HP’s research division are dedicated to developing a new kind of computer known as “the Machine.” The Machine will perform existing analyses hundreds of times faster and require less electricity than existing computers, says HP’s chief technology officer. H-P’s new model for computing is also intended for smaller gadgets, letting laptops and phones last much longer on a single charge.
HP's audacious idea for reinventing computers | MIT Technology Review
There is a shrine inside Hewlett-Packard's headquarters in Palo Alto, in the heart of Silicon Valley. At one edge of HP's research building, two interconnected rooms with worn midcentury furniture, vacant for decades, are carefully preserved. From these offices, William Hewlett and David Packard led HP's engineers to invent breakthrough products, like the 40-pound, typewriter-size programmable calculator launched in 1968.