of Computer Printers
In 1953, the first high-speed printer
was developed by Remington-Rand for use on the Univac
In 1938, Chester
Carlson invented a dry printing process called electrophotography commonly
called a Xerox, the foundation technology for laser printers to come.
The original laser printer called EARS was developed
at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center beginning in 1969 and completed in
November, 1971. Xerox Engineer, Gary Starkweather
adapted Xerox copier technology adding a laser beam to it to come up with
the laser printer. According to Xerox, "The Xerox 9700 Electronic Printing
System, the first xerographic laser printer product, was released in 1977. The
9700, a direct descendent from the original PARC "EARS" printer which
pioneered in laser scanning optics, character generation electronics, and
page-formatting software, was the first product on the market to be enabled by
According to IBM,
"the very first IBM 3800 was installed in the central accounting office at
F. W. Woolworth’s North American data center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in
1976." The IBM 3800 Printing System was the industry’s first high-speed,
laser printer. A laser printer that operated at speeds of more than 100
impressions-per-minute. It was the first printer to combine laser technology and
electrophotography according to IBM.
Hewlett-Packard released the popular LaserJet 4, the first 600 by 600 dots
per inch resolution laser printer.
In 1976, the inkjet printer was
invented, but it took until
1988 for the inkjet to become a home consumer item with Hewlett-Parkard's
release of the DeskJet inkjet printer, priced at a whopping $1000.
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