Commodore SR-1400 Handheld Electronic Calculator

Description
This handheld electronic calculator is designed for scientific use. It has an array of forty-two keys. In addition to ten digit keys, a decimal point key, clear and clear entry keys, four arithmetic function keys, and a total key. The lower portion of the keyboard has change sign and exponent (of two digits) keys. Function keys include squares, degrees converted to radians, radians converted to degrees, powers, common logs, natural logs, exponents (of more than two digits), square roots, trigonometric functions (which can also double as inverse trigonometric functions), inverses, exchange, memory, and parentheses.
The power switch is at the top right of the keyboard. Behind it is a fourteen-digit red light-emitting diode display. A mark above this reads: commodore. The socket for an adapter is along the top edge.
A metal tag on the back of the calculator reads in part: ELECTRONIC SLIDE RULE CALCULATOR (/) SR-1400 (/) Please Read Instruction Manual. It gives basic instructions. Further text near the bottom reads: Serial No. 015975 (/) Commodore Business Machines, Inc. U.S.A.
The calculator has two Mostek chips. A mark on one reads: MOS (/) MCS2525 (/) 001 2174. A mark on the other reads: MOS (/) MCS2526 (/) 001 2874.
A December 17, 1974, newspaper advertisement listed the calculator as selling for $99.95
References:
Los Angeles Times, November 15, 1974, p. G9. Advertised as selling for $99.95.
Los Angeles Times, August 31, 1975, p. C7. Advertised as on sale for $49.88.
The Day, December 17, 1974. Advertised as available for $99.95.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1974-1975
maker
Commodore Business Machines, Inc.
place made
United States
Physical Description
plastic (keys; case; display window material)
metal (circuitry material)
glass (tube material)
Measurements
overall: 1 in x 3 in x 6 in; 2.54 cm x 7.62 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
1986.0988.312
catalog number
1986.0988.312
accession number
1986.0988
Credit Line
Gift of John B. Priser
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Computers
Handheld Electronic Calculators
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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