DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
|Date of introduction:||1972||Display technology:||LED-modules|
|New price:||Display size:||8|
|Size:||5.4" x 3.1" x 1.4"|
|Weight:||8.4 ounces||Serial No:||20917|
|Batteries:||3*AA||Date of manufacture:||mth 05 year 1973|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||USA|
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
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).
rare 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 circuti 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 thee Litronic display modules with 3 digits each.
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
Indeed an unusual result.
The Checkmate was later replaced with the Checkmate 1002 assembled in Malaysia.
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© Joerg Woerner, February 28, 2004. No reprints without written permission.