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July 21, 2005

HP Kills 'Consumer Apps' Lab



Courtesy of EE Times

MANHASSET, N.Y. — The massive restructuring that is slashing 14,500 jobs at Hewlett-Packard has also cut four major research projects at the company, according to an Associated Press report.

The report quoted the San Jose Mercury News, which obtained an internal e-mail sent to employees by H-P Labs director Dick Lampman.

According to the report, about 10 percent, or 70 of H-P Labs' 700 employees worldwide are slated to receive layoff notices, though some may find jobs elsewhere in the company.

Among the discontinued projects is Kay’s Advanced Software Research team, headed by H-P technologist Alan Kay, best known for his work in graphical user interfaces while working at Xerox's research lab in the 1970s. Kay also pioneered modern programming languages.

Kay, who joined H-P as a senior fellow in 2002, is reportedly leaving the company and did not return requests for comment.

The other cut projects include H-P's Cambridge Research Lab, which studied health-related technology in Cambridge, Mass.; the Consumer Applications and Systems Laboratory; and the Emerging Technologies Laboratory. With the exception of the Cambridge lab, all the cut projects were based in Palo Alto.

A company spokesman was quoted as saying H-P would refocus research and development on areas where it can have the greatest medium to long-term impact.

Projects reportedly expected to survive the cuts include nanotechnology and quantum computing. H-P will also reportedly continue to study enterprise computing technologies, imaging and printing, and information technology services.

In announcing the job cuts Tuesday, Hewlett-Packard said it would save $1.9 billion annually, streamline its operations, and improve business performance.

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