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This article was published on June 8, 2012

    Here’s the world’s first calculator with CMOS chips from 1972 [video]

    Here’s the world’s first calculator with CMOS chips from 1972 [video]
    Drew Olanoff
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    We sure have come a long way with electronics, haven’t we? The idea of carrying a calculator in your pocket was absolutely ridiculous in the 1970’s, and now the calculator is just an app that we use on our phone to calculate tips at restaurants. Even that functionality has been replaced by other apps.

    As you watch the demonstration below, you’ll notice that this Sharp EL-801 was pretty darn small compared to the calculators that were tied to your desk. It was a revolutionary advancement in technology using silicon chips. It was the world’s first calculator to use CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) chips that are used without second thought today.

    Peep it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2Omc2RcWd8

    Don’t you just love technology?