DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Unisonic LC 224CK Check Master
|Date of introduction:||1981||Display technology:||LCD|
|New price:||$21.99 (SRP September 1981)||Display size:||8|
|Size:|| 2.7" x 6.0" x
69 x 152 x 6 mm3
|Weight:||2.0 ounces, 58 grams||Serial No:|
|Batteries:||2*LR54||Date of manufacture:||mth 09 year 1983|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||Taiwan|
|Precision:||8||Integrated circuits:||Sharp LI3329MT|
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Ken H. Meine|
Unisonic entered the market of Checkbook Calculators with the LC 262 in 1979. It features Account Manager functionality with three permanent (till you remove the batteries) Memories and started a very successful product line. We discovered as of now ten different family members:
LC 262, 3 Memories, Credit Card size
• 1981: LC 262CK, 3 Memories, Credit Card size
• 1981: LC 263CK, 3 Memories
• 1981: This LC 224CK, 1 Memory
• 1982: LC 224CKE, 1 Memory, Pen
• 1983: LC 224CKM, 1 Memory, Pen
• 1983: LC 223CK, 1 Memory, Credit Card size
• 1985: LC 225CK, 1 Memory
• 1987: LC 266CK, 3 Memories, Taiwan
• 1988: LC 226CK, 1 Memory, Taiwan
• 1990: LC 226CK, 1 Memory, Thailand
Dismantling the featured LC 224CK manufactured in September 1983 in Taiwan reveals a
clean design centered around a Sharp LI3329MT single-chip calculator circuit
soldered on a double-sided printed circuit board (PCB) and
powered by two small LR54 batteries. Learn how to decipher the
date code on the pictured Sharp chip.
Don't miss the LC 224CKE sporting a NEC uPD1832G chip in an otherwise identical package. Obvious differences are:
|• NEC uPD1832G [ON] and [CE/C] keys, display indicators left-hand side
• Sharp LI3329MT [ON/C] and [CE] keys, display indicators right-hand side
We noticed these differences with the APF Electronics
3552CK and Enterprex
Inspecting the PCB of this LC 224CK manufactured in September 1983 brought our attention to a small mark reading 310S-10, most likely a reference to Type 310, Sharp LI3329MT and Revision 1.0 of the design (schematics and layout).
Please find an overview of the
PCB-Marks we discovered
so far on Account Manager calculators.
In addition did we notice on the PCB of the LC 224CK two small jumpers to select between:
|• (MR) Checkbook Calculator: [BAL/MR] doesn't clear the Memory
• (MRC) Standard Calculator: [MRC] does clear the Memory
This interesting feature allows the use of the same PCB design for both "Standard" and "Checkbook" calculators.
Learn more about single-chip calculator circuits used in Account Manager Calculators.
Don't miss the Corvus CheckMaster introduced by Mostek already in 1975. This rare product retains the balance of your memory even when shut off but uses power-hungry electronics.
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© Joerg Woerner, January 4, 2020. No reprints without written permission.