DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Commodore Minuteman 1
|Date of introduction:||1972||Display technology:||LED modules|
|New price:||$118.00||Display size:||8|
|Size:|| 6.0" x 3.5" x
153 x 90 x 44 mm3
|Weight:||15.4 ounces, 436 grams||Serial No:||28378|
|Batteries:||6*AA NiCd||Date of manufacture:||mth 06 year 1972|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||USA|
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
The Commodore Minuteman 1 followed immediately the Commodore C110, based on the famous Bowmar 901B.
"The Minuteman 1 was the world's first solid-fueled Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), and has been the mainstay of the USAF's ICBM force ever since its deployment. Because international arms reduction treaties...." © Mark Wade, 2003.
These are first the words of an introduction to the Minuteman
1 missile developed by Boeing in the early 60s. But here we are talking about a
very odd calculator manufactured by Commodore Business Machines, Inc. in Santa
The Minuteman 1 nicknamed "MM.1" is a big calculator, compared with the sleek Bowmar 901B it adds about 50% of weight and outperforms it in all dimensions. The side-view of the MM.1 gives a good impression of the sheer size.
Exploring the roots of the Minuteman 1 is a funny exercise. Without any tools the two halfes of the housing could be separated. This is accomplished with an additional connector between the batteries and the calculator electronics.
Removing the coverplate of the front-housing reveals a big surprise. The main printed circuit board (PCB) of the MM.1 is identical with the Bowmar 901C and carries even the original Bowmar part number PM901-400/E.
Turning over the calculators shows some differences between the MM.1 and the Bowmar 901C. The MM.1 makes use of discrete LED-displays manufactured by Texas Instruments, Bowmar relies on their own Opto-stic displays. Please notice the different placement of the switches.
Karl Schmitz - proud owner of two MM.1 reported that they used the Opto-stic display, too.
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© Joerg Woerner, September 29, 2003. No reprints without written permission.