DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
|Date of introduction:||April 1972||Display technology:||Panaplex II|
|New price:||$139.95||Display size:||8|
|Size:||10.3" x 6.2" x 3.5"|
|Weight:||3 pounds 1 ounces||Serial No:||Production batch 217|
|Batteries:||Date of manufacture:||1972|
|AC-Adapter:||120 V or 240 V||Origin of manufacture:||USA|
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
If you know a solder iron you know Heathkit. This US company is known for their electronic hobbyist kits. They sold some electronic calculators like this IC-2008A desktop or the IC-2006 battery operated portable calculator. Their first products based on the single-chip calculator technology introduced by Texas Instruments.
The IC-2008A followed the IC-2008 immediately.
The inside view of the IC-2008A gives you a perfect engineered calculator like all Heathkit products. The TMS0101 calculator chip is surrounded by a heavy keyboard, three SP-753 planar-gas-discharge displays manufactured by Sperry and the unusual thumbwheel to select the position of the decimal point.
The calculator itself is a quite large and heavy product, compare it with the sleek TI-3000 introduced five month later. The IC-2108 introduced later got a much smaller housing.
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© Joerg Woerner, December 5, 2001. No reprints without written permission.