A PostScript Cartridge for an HP LaserJet printer #VintageComputing #LaserJet #HP

Pagetable recently dissected and dumped the Level 2 “Plus” version of HP’s PostScript cartridge series. This time, they will look at the earlier Level 1 “PostScript Cartridge”.

There are two cartridges for the HP LaserJet series that add Adobe PostScript support. They differ in the PostScript Level:

Year Name Description
1991 HP LaserJet PostScript Cartridge PostScript Level 1
1991 HP LaserJet III PostScript Cartridge Plus PostScript Level 2

Such cartridges were available to plug into early HP LaserJet printers to provide fonts or capabilities (like this one).

The front says

HEWLETT PACKARD

PostScript* Cartridge

ITC Avant Garde Gothic
ITC Bookman

Courier
Helvetica
Helvetica-Narrow
New Century Schoolbook
Palatino

Times
ITC Zapf Chancery

TIC Zapf Dingbats*
Symbol
33439Q ©Hewlett-Packard 1989, 1990, 1991

HP
LASERJET
POSTSCRIPT®

Inside is the very same board as used by the later “Plus” cartridge, except that it is fitted with only three instead of four ROM chips.

Read more in the article here.


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