Canon KS-8 

Date of introduction:  November, 1984 Display technology:  LCD
New price:   Display size:  8
Size:  6.6" x 4.2" x 0.75"  
Weight:  6.9 ounces Serial No:  
Batteries:  n.a. Date of manufacture:  mth 12 year 1984
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  Japan
Precision:  8  Integrated circuits:  Toshiba T6918U
Memories:  1    
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

It looks like an oversized pocket calculator, it feels like an oversized calculator, it is the Canon KS-8. Nevertheless the styling is nice, from a desktop calculator we expected in 1984 more that 8 digits calculating capacity. Compare the KS-8 with e.g. the TI-5112, TI-5020, and TI-5100 II. All three models provided 10 or even 12 digits displays.

KS-8_LCD.jpg (29880 Byte)Dismantling the KS-8 is a pleasure. It looks inside like an oversized pocket calculator, too. The solar cells and the display cover the remaining electronics.
KS-8_IC.jpg (35003 Byte)The huge LC-Display hides a tiny Toshiba T6918U single chip calculating circuit.

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