Looking for article: microprogrammed DIY TTL calculator
bhilpert at shaw.ca
Mon Mar 20 17:51:14 CDT 2017
On 2017-Mar-20, at 6:58 AM, Jacek Greniger via cctalk wrote:
> Two years ago I've found scans in PDF with the article (dated 197?, I don't
> remember) describing DIY TTL-based calculator. This was microprogrammed
> machine (if I remember correctly microproprogram was "stored" in the diode
> array). It has LED display and possiblity to calculate square root.
> Definitely not talking about EDUC-8 computer from 1975. I think this
> calculator was published a little bit earlier.
> Unfortunately I'm no longer able to find it. Does anyone associate the name of
> that magazine?
There's this one:
I haven't looked at it in depth, but cursorily it looks like a way-behind-the-times (then) architecture -
it looks like it's doing multiplication by exhaustive iteration, for example.
One could reimplement a 1960s desktop calc design in TTL and be ahead.
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