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**Wyle Laboratories WS-01 Scientific Calculator**

The Wyle Laboratories (El Segundo, CA) WS-01 calculator was the first calculator made by Wyle Labs, introduced in April of 1964. Wyle Laboratories was not in the business of calculating machines, but a few years earlier, it had acquired a company that made digital logic modules, and one of the projects that some of the employees of the acquired company were working on was an electronic calculator. Wyle Labs management decided to let the engineers go ahead and complete the calculator project, which became the Wyle WS-01. The calculator used discrete Germanium-transistor technology, but unlike many other electronic calculators of the timeframe, used a small rotating magnetic disk (similar in principle to today's hard disk drives, but it stored the equivalent about 1700

Note that the museum is currently only looking for the Wyle Labs WS-01 calculator, not the WS-02. The Model/Serial Number tag may have differing ways of representing the model number. It could be "WS-1", "WS-01", or "WS-I". Any Wyle Labs calculator with a model number matching any of these is of interest to the museum.

Punched Card Reader for Wyle

Program Punched Card (Front/Back) for Wyle Scientific Calculator (Click Image for Larger View)

Punched Cards donated by Gene McGough

Each pre-scored punched card holds 12 program instruction steps. Each card has 40 columns, of which one column (column 19) is pre-punched for sensing by the card reader. Click on image for a detailed view of the card. Cards can be punched with the tip of a ball-point pen or with an IBM Port-A-Punch.

Manufacturer: | Wyle Laboratories |

Model Number: | WS-01 Scientific |

Introduction: | April, 1964 |

Manufactured In: | USA, El Segundo, California |

Original Price: | $3950 (Calculator Only), $4350 w/Card Reader for Programming |

Weight: | 50 Pounds |

Size: | 22 1/2" Wide, 19 3/4" Deep, 10 1/4" High |

Power Requirement: | 160 Watts, 110V AC, 60Hz |

Display Technology: | CRT Display, Gated Sine/Cosine Waverform Generated Digits, Six registers of 24-digits |

Logic Technology: | Transistorized (Germanium) logic with rotating magenetic disk for register storage |

Digits of Capacity: | 24 |

Decimal Modes: | Fixed at 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, and 21 digits behind decimal |

Arithmetic Logic: | Unusual methodology using specialized registers for various functions |

Math Functions: | Four Function plus square root |

Memories: | Three General Purpose Storage Registers |

Performance (Mfg. Stated): | Multiply, Divide & Square Root times vary with operands and decimal point setting |

Add/Subtract: | 4.8mS |

Multiply/Divide: | Less than 1 second |

Square Root: | Less than 1 second |

Features: | Programmable via optional PC-01 Punched Card reader |

Advertising: | "More than a calculator...Almost a computer..." [211K] |

Documentation: | The Wyle Scientific Instruction Manual [PDF, 20 Pages, 768KB] |