National Semiconductor Whiz Kid Handheld Electronic Calculator

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This handheld electronic calculator has a plastic case with fifteen plastic keys, thirteen of them square and two rectangular. It has ten digit keys, a clear key, and four keys for arithmetic functions. Behind the keyboard are a switch marked “DECIMAL” and an on/off switch. A mark between the switches reads: WhizKid. Behind the keyboard is an eight-digit display.
At the top of the back is a compartment for a nine-volt battery. A paper sticker below this reads in part: NS (/) ELECTRONICS 600 CALCULATOR Made in U.S.A. It also reads in part: 678010 (/) SERIAL NUMBER. It also reads in part: NS ELECTRONICS (/) A Division of (/) National Semiconductor Corp. (/) 2900 Semiconductor Drive, (/) Santa Clara, California 95051.
According to an article in the , the Whiz Kid is a four-function calculator introduced by the NS Electronics Division of National Semiconductor Corporation at the Consumer Electronics Show held in Chicago in June 1975.
Compare examples of the National Semiconductor 600, 1986.0988.064, 1986.0988.275, and 1986.0988.307.
“Calculators Go to Grade School,” Chicago Tribune, June 7, 1975, p. N A7.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1975
National Semiconductor Corporation
place made
United States
Physical Description
plastic (case; keys material)
metal (circuitry material)
paper (sticker material)
overall: 7/8 in x 2 3/4 in x 5 in; 2.2225 cm x 6.985 cm x 12.7 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of John B. Priser
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Handheld Electronic Calculators
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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