DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Canon Palmtronic MD-8 aka MULTI 8
|Date of introduction:||1979||Display technology:||Fluorescent|
|New price:||Display size:||8 + 8|
|Size:|| 6.1" x 3.1" x 0.90"
156 x 78 x 23 mm3
|Weight:||5.6 ounces, 159 grams||Serial No:||692136|
|Batteries:||3*AA||Date of manufacture:||year 1979|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||Japan|
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
Canon Palmtronic MD-8 was the first pocket calculator using a two-line display.
The upper display is the usual working display while the lower line shows the
memory content or intermediate results.
The innovative electronics inside the MD-8 is based on the TMS1000 Microcomputer family. The TMS1079 found inside the MD-8 is similar to the calculator Integrated Circuit of the TI-2550-II.
The related Canola MD 810 uses similar electronics in a desktop style housing. Within one year Canon replaced the power-hungry VF-Display with a modern LC-Display and introduced the MD-81.
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