Changes at HP-ACO


I am just relaying this information from another source for those who didn't know already. Draw your own conclusions...

Jean-Ayves Avenard and Gerald Squelart report the closing of HP-ACO and their own and many others' newly-created redunancy. Copies of their postings included below.

Check comp.sys.hp48 for yourself using your favorite news reader, or at


From: Jean-Yves Avenard (

Subject: Good bye ... I leave HP

Newsgroups: comp.sys.hp48

Date: 2001-11-01 16:42:49 PST

Dear all..

So that's it.. My big adventure with HP will be over as of November, 9th
2001 (after 3.98 years).

Gerald (WarlockHP) and myself will fly alone starting our own business.

I will still try to answer questions here regarding the HP49 and the
If I have time, I will try to release a last ROM before leaving (1.19-7).

In the meantime, if you have any business opportunities that may be in our
competencies (embedded software, network security, sytems, java etc...) do
not hesitate to contact me directly at this address: (until I get my own domain name).

Best regards


From: Gerald Squelart (

Subject: Goodbye ACO...

Newsgroups: comp.sys.hp48

Date: 2001-11-01 22:39:33 PST

It's indeed a sad day for ACO...
Due to difficult business condition, it has been decided to close ACO.
All employees here are made redundant. We have one week to pack,
except for a few people who will help for the transition of our
existing work to other divisions.
What does it mean? Well, I'm not sure myself, but calculators should
still be produced, at least for some time (it's already handled
independently of ACO). As for our current project, I hope other people
will be able to finish it... It's a really cool thing, too bad I can't
say anything about it ;-)

As Jean-Yves told you, we are taking this change as an opportunity to
start our own adventure. I'd appreciate if you can help us in any way.
And we'll keep in contact with you all!

If you want to email me, please use my hotmail address:

Finally, please have a thought for all my colleagues and wish them
luck in finding new jobs.

Thanks for your support,

Carpe diem



I am not surprised. In fact I was expecting it for a while, given the low sales of HP calculators, and the lack of meaningful new ideas. But I wonder what is next with respect to HP calculators. My gut feeling is that eventually the production of all HP calculators will screech to a halt.


Time will tell...

My suggestion is to have at least one spare HP-48GX;-)
(and maybe a 32SII)




The ACO is dying in the web that HP spin...

Good look for Mr. Avenard and Mr. Squelart

Marx Pio

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