DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Radio Shack EC-430 (65-570A)
|Date of introduction:||October 1987||Display technology:||LCD|
|New price:||$14.95 (SRP October 1987)||Display size:||8|
|Size:|| 2.7" x 6.0" x 0.25"
68 x 153 x 8 mm3
|Weight:||2.4 ounces, 68 grams||Serial No:|
|Batteries:||LR54||Date of manufacture:||mth 08 year 1992|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||Thailand|
|Precision:||8||Integrated circuits:||Toshiba T7752S|
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
|Download manual:||(US: 2.1 MByte)|
Radio Shack, acquired by Tandy Corporation in 1963, entered the market of Checkbook Calculators in November with this EC-306. 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 seven (w/o counting Tandy versions) different family members:
|• 1982: Radio Shack
EC-306 / 65-696, 3 Memories
• 1982: Tandy EC-306 / 65-696, 3 Memories
• 1987: Radio Shack EC-308 / 65-996, 3 Memories
• 1987: Radio Shack EC-430 / 65-570, 3 Memories, Taiwan
• 1988: Radio Shack EC-430 / 65-570A, 3 Memories, Thailand
• 1996: Radio Shack EC-455 / 65-569, 1 Memory, TAX
• 2000: Radio Shack 65-504, 3 Memories, TAX, violet CC keys
• 2002: Radio Shack 65-504A, 3 Memories, TAX, blue CC keys
Dismantling the featured
Radio Shack statesman EC-430 calculator manufactured in August 1992
in Thailand reveals a
clean design centered around a Toshiba T7752S single-chip calculator circuit
soldered on a double-sided printed circuit board (PCB) and powered by by four
solar cells and a small LR54 (LR1130) backup battery. Learn how to decipher the
date code on the pictured
Inspecting the PCB of this EC-430 manufactured in 1992 brought our attention to a small mark reading 308-18, most likely a reference to Type 308, and Revision 18 of the design (schematics and layout). We noticed the PCB-Mark 308 during our research on the PCBs of a lot of more or less identical Account Managers, find an overview of the OEM brands/models here.
Please find an overview of the
PCB-Marks we discovered
so far on Account Manager 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, December 5, 2001 and February 26, 2020. No reprints without written permission.