Sanyo CX 8176L Handheld Electronic Calculator

This compact handheld electronic calculator has a metal case and twenty-three round plastic keys. These include ten digit keys, four arithmetic function keys, a decimal point key, a total key, two memory keys, a square root key, a change sign key, a % key, a clear K key, and a clear all key. The on/off switch is right of the top three keys. A mark above it reads: SANYO (/) CX8176L (/) Lithium Batteries Calculator. Behind this is an eight-digit LCD display.
A mark printed on the back of the calculator reads: SANYO CX-8176L (/) BATTERY: DC 6V (Two Type LF – ½ W (/) Lithium Manganese Batteries.) (/) POWER: 0.001W (/) SERIAL NO. 107194 T (/) SANYO ELECTRIC CO. LTD. (/) MADE IN JAPAN / FABRIQUE AU JAPON BM.
According to the Panasonic website, the CX-8176L calculator, introduced in 1976, was the first Sanyo product to use Sanyo’s newly developed lithium batteries. Panasonic would acquire a majority ownership of Sanyo in 2009 and made it a totally owned subsidy in 2011.
[Advertisement] Grand Prairie (Texas) Daily News, June 15, 1977, p. 57. Advertisement for Sanyo CX-8176L calculator. website.
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Object Name
electronic calculator
date made
Sanyo Electric Company
Physical Description
aluminum (case material)
plastic (keys material)
overall: 1/4 in x 2 3/8 in x 4 1/8 in; .635 cm x 6.0325 cm x 10.4775 cm
place made
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Computers & Business Machines
Handheld Electronic Calculators
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Handheld Electronic Calculators
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of John B. Priser
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