DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Canon Canola L100S
|Date of introduction:||1972||Display technology:||Panaplex|
|New price:||Display size:||10|
|Size:||9.5" x 7.5" x 2.8"|
|Weight:||3 pounds 7 ounces||Serial No:||206317|
|Batteries:||n.a.||Date of manufacture:||year 1972|
|AC-Adapter:||220V||Origin of manufacture:||Japan|
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
Canon Canola L100S was introduced together with the first desktop calculator manufactured by Texas
Instruments - the TI-3000.
The display found in the L100S is similar to the Panaplex style found in the early desktop calculators manufactured by Texas Instruments.
The Hitachi display module uses white ceramics instead the glass construction of the Panaplex™ manufactured by Burroughs.
The L100S was the first Canon desktop calculator using the TMS0106 single-chip calculator chip. Within roughly 12 month the brain of a desktop calculator was reduced from four (L100) chips to two (L100A) chips and now to a single chip.
Please compare the quick evolution of the calculator technolgy:
|L100||1971||10||TMC1737, TMC1753, TMC1754, TMC1807|
|L100S||1972||10||TMS0106 single chip|
Within some month the L800 used again a single-chip design fitting in a smaller housing. The Canola LS-1 looks similiar to the L100S, we don't know which one appeared earlier on the market.
Other calculators using the single-chip calculator technology introduced by Texas Instruments were the Heathkit IC-2008 and Toshiba BC-0802.
Compare this strong calculator with the later Canola L813.
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© Joerg Woerner, December 21, 2001. No reprints without written permission.