DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Casio PRO fx-1
|Date of introduction:||September 1977||Display technology:||Fluorescent|
|New price:||Display size:||10 (8 + 2)|
|Size:|| 7.7" x 4.5" x
196 x 115 x 35 mm3
|Weight:||13.6 ounces, 386 grams||Serial No:||6179316, 2253042|
|Batteries:||4*AA||Date of manufacture:||mth 01 year 1978|
|AC-Adapter:||AD-4160||Origin of manufacture:||Japan|
|Precision:||10||Integrated circuits:||Hitachi HD36106, HD36136, HD36162, HD37603|
|Program steps:||127||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
Casio Computer Co., Ltd introduced with the fx-10 its first scientific handheld calculator in May 1974, almost 2 years after the Mini CM-601.
It took more than three years before in September 1977 the PRO
fx-1 their first and only hand-held programmable calculator with integrated
magnetic card reader appeared on the market. Technically is the PRO fx-1 based
on the fx-201P introduced already in 1976 and then competing with the
Timing of the market launch of the PRO fx-1 was a disaster! While it could barely compete with the SR-52 introduced already in 1975, blew it the revolutionary TI-59 simply away.
Casio learned their lessons well and introduced within two years
with the FX-501P and FX-502P their first keystroke
Programmable Pocket Calculators with LC-Display and leading over FX-601P and
FX-602P, introducing a dot matrix LC-Display, to the very successful
FX-702P "Pocket Computer".
Dismantling this Casio PRO fx-1 manufactured in January 1978 reveals an interesting design centered around multiple Integrated Circuits manufactured by Hitachi, Japan.
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