Litronix Checkmate

Date of introduction:  1973 Display technology:  LED-modules
New price:   Display size:  8
Size:  5.4" x 3.1" x 1.4"
 138 x 78 x 36 mm3
Weight:  5.7 ounces, 163 grams Serial No:  20917
Batteries:  5*AA cells Date of manufacture:  mth 05 year 1973
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  USA
Precision:  12 Integrated circuits:  LIT-019
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

Checkmate1000_2.jpg (15910 Byte)Litronix, Inc., (Cupertino, CA) was an early light-emitting diode (LED) company that became a leading supplier of displays for handheld calculators and digital watches (e.g. the Hamilton Pulsar line). 

Checkmate1000_PCB.jpg (49054 Byte)This Checkmate was the first portable electronic calculator developed and manufactured by Litronix. It is one of the rare designs using the original Klixon keypad without the
TMS0100 MOS/LSI calculator-on-a-chip. The printed circuit board (PCB) of the Checkmate is centered around a LIT-019 calculator circuit, discrete display drivers (the two white ceramic housings are current limiting resistors manufactured by Beckman), and three Litronix display modules with 3 digits each.

Checkmate1000_Label.jpg (46447 Byte)Maybe you noticed already the unusual lettering of the decimal switch above the [-=] key. Instead the usual 0-2 selection it gives a 2-4 selection. The Checkmate is one of the few portable calculators without floating point operation. 
The label on the back gives an example for calculations with small numbers with the decimal switch set to "4":

.17 : 9 = .0188

The Checkmate was later replaced with the Checkmate 1002 assembled in Malaysia. Don't miss a second version of the Checkmate sporting a different keyboard and only three batteries.

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Joerg Woerner, February 28, 2004. No reprints without written permission.