Wyle Laboratories WS-01/WS-02 Scientific Calculator
Image Courtesy Randy Liebermann
The Wyle Laboratories (El Segundo, CA) WS-01 calculator was the first
calculator made by Wyle Labs, introduced in mid-1964. It was based on a
small magnetic drum for working register storage.
This design proved somewhat unreliable due to the temperamental magnetic
drum, and a follow-on calculator was
developed, the WS-02, introduced in late-1964. The WS-01 and WS-02, as far
is as known, looked and operated identically.
The WS-02 was a fairly minor redesign of the WS-01, replacing the rotating
magnetic drum with a magnetostrictive delay line.
The calculator itself was not programmable, but with the addition of a
punched card reader, programs and data could be punched into the cards,
allowing for complex calculations to be automated. Both the WS-01 and WS-02
had an eight-inch integrated CRT display. Six lines of 24 digits (grouped in three
digit chunks for readability) were shown on the display. Complex vector-drawn digit rendition was used to maximize readability. One-key Square Root, three accumulating memory registers.
Optional punched card reader.
The calculator folks at Wyle Labs eventually split off to
form their own calculator company with the blessings of Wyle Laboratories
management. The company they formed was Computer Design Corporation, also
known as Compucorp. For more information, see the article on the The History of Compucorp.
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 a pencil-point, or with an IBM Port-A-Punch.
Wyle WS-02 "Scientific" Specifications
||USA, El Segundo, California
||$3950 (Calculator Only), $4350 w/Card Reader for Programming
||22 1/2" Wide, 19 3/4" Deep, 10 1/4" High
||160 Watts, 110V AC, 60Hz
||CRT Display, Six registers of 24-digits
||Transistorized logic with magnetostrictive delay-line register storage
|Digits of Capacity:
||Fixed at 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, and 21 digits behind decimal
||Unusual methodology using specialized registers for various functions
||Four Function plus square root
||3 General Purpose Accumulator-type Memory Registers
||Programmable via optional Punched Card reader
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