Heathkit IC-2008A

Date of introduction:  April 1972 Display technology:  Panaplex II
New price:  $139.95 Display size:  8
Size:  10.3" x 6.2" x 3.5"    
Weight:  3 pounds 1 ounces Serial No:  Production batch 217
Batteries:   Date of manufacture:  1972
AC-Adapter:  120 V or 240 V Origin of manufacture:  USA
Precision:  8 Integrated circuits:  TMS0101
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

If you know a solder iron you know Heathkit. This US company is known for their electronic hobbyist kits. They sold some electronic calculators like this IC-2008A desktop or the IC-2006 battery operated portable calculator. Their first products based on the single-chip calculator technology introduced by Texas Instruments. 

The IC-2008A followed the IC-2008 immediately.

IC-2108A_1.jpg (62901 Byte)The inside view of the IC-2008A gives you a perfect engineered calculator like all Heathkit products. The TMS0101 calculator chip is surrounded by a heavy keyboard, three SP-753 planar-gas-discharge displays manufactured by Sperry and the unusual thumbwheel to select the position of the decimal point.

The calculator itself is a quite large and heavy product, compare it with the sleek TI-3000 introduced five month later. The IC-2108 introduced later got a much smaller housing.

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Joerg Woerner, December 5, 2001. No reprints without written permission.