The first public demonstration of thermal ink jet printing was done by Canon in 1981 and the first thermal ink
jet product, ThinkJet, was introduced by the Hewlett-Packard Company in 1984. Since then, this powerful
printing technology has assumed a strong presence in the market. In this discussion, we will first briefly
review the printer market, the increasing role thermal ink jet is playing in this arena, as well as the reasons
for its success.