The HP-30b “Business Professional” calculator was released in January 2010 as a follow up to the HP-20b. The calculator offers a number of advanced features for financial and business users, including a “macro” capability that is very similar to programmability:
Note: This needs to be updated to include the new HP-30b features
|bonds||yield and accrued interest|
|interest conversion||list-based cashflow analysis|
In addition to financial functions, it includes a collection of statistical and mathematical functions:
|list-based 1 and 2-variable statistics||mean|
|standard deviation||population deviation|
|correlations and covariance||basic math functions: +, -, X, ÷, %, 1/x, +/-, square root|
|random number||higher math functions: LOG, LN, 10x, pi, trigonometry, probability|
Hewlett-Packard has a collection of official HP-30b information posted here.
A series of very informative learning modules have been created by Gene Wright for HP. These modules expand in much greater detail on the features and functionality of the calculator. Each includes many examples, and the modules are divided into common use cases.
The HP-30b is a new breed of calculator for Hewlett-Packard, and one that reflects a casual “open source” model for HP. A group of HP calculator enthusiasts have begun work on repurposing the HP-20b and HP-30b calculators for other uses, primarily enabled by accessing the JTAG connector on the main circuit board. This is a work in progress, although the group is actively soliciting individuals to help with this effort.