DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Radio Shack statesman EC-455
|Date of introduction:||October 1996||Display technology:||LCD|
|New price:||$15.99 (SRP October 1996)||Display size:||8|
|Size:|| 2.8" x 6.1" x
70 x 154 x 7 mm3
|Weight:||2.5 ounces, 72 grams||Serial No:|
|Batteries:||LR54||Date of manufacture:||mth 04 year 1998|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||Malaysia|
|Precision:||8||Integrated circuits:||Sharp LI3154|
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
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-455 calculator manufactured in April 1998 in Malaysia reveals a clean design centered around a Sharp LI3154 single-chip calculator circuit soldered on a double-sided printed circuit board (PCB) and powered by one LR54 battery and 4 solar cells. Learn how to decipher the 4A8 date code on the pictured calculator. We located this calculator chip in "regular" calculator, too. Don't miss the TI-1795+ and TI-1706SV.
Inspecting the PCB of the EC-455 calculator brought our attention to a small jumper to select between:
|• (---) Checkbook Calculator: [BAL/MR] doesn't clear the Memory
• (MRC) Standard Calculator: [MRC] does clear the Memory
In addition did we notice on the PCB of this EC-455 manufactured in April 1998 a small mark reading 0158-0810.
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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