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Hugle International Hugle-8 Desktop Calculator

Hugle International Hugle-8

The Hugle-8 is one of very few electronic calculators marketed by by Hugle International in the early part of the 1970's before the company was liquidated in the summer of 1975. The Hugle-8 uses a cabinet and keyboard assembly that is virtually identical to the Commodore US*8, although it is unclear if Hugle International manufactured the calculator themselves, or purhaps may have been an OEM customer of Commodore. The only visible external difference between the Commodore US-8 and the Hugle-8 is that the US*8 provides a slide switch for setting either automatic or fixed decimal point at 0, 2, or 4 digits behind the decimal, while the Hugle-8 has no such switch and always operates in automatic floating decimal point mode. The location where the decimal point switch would be on the Commodore US*8 is covered by a sticker containing the Hugle International logo.

Hugle International was founded by husband and wife team William B. and Frances B. Hugle in 1966, originally to manufacture equipment involved in the fabrication of integrated circuits. At the time, many IC manufacturers built their own equipment to manufacture their ICs, utilizing their own in-house knowledge to put together machines purpose-built to suit their own needs. The Hugles believed that there could be a lucrative business in engineering, manufacturing, and selling generalized equipment for fabricating integrated circuits. The thought proved correct, and the company grew quickly and profitably.

Sadly, Frances Hugle passed away in 1968 at the age of only 40. Frances had invented many of the concepts behind the IC fabrication equipment that the company manufactured, being the only woman scientist involved in the nacent field of integrated circuit manufacturing at the time Hugle International was founded. Her husband, William, carried on with the business after Frances passed away, though much of the innovation that surrounded the company's unique equipment had been devised by his wife through years of research and development in the field of integrated circuits.

It appears that for a period of time beginning sometime in 1972, Hugle International ventured into the low-cost electronic calculator business. The Hugle-8 was the company's first entry into the marketplace, with apparently at least one or two other machines subsequently being sold under the Hugle International brand. It appears that the company's calculator business did not prove to be successful as was the case with quite a number of flash-in-the-pan calculator companies that came into existence in the early 1970's once commodity calculator chips began to become available. Hugle International was apparently forced into liquidation in the fall of 1975 due to regulatory agency pressures as a result of some stock transaction irregularities.

The Hugle-8 calculator is a very basic eight-digit, floating decimal point, four-function AC powered desktop electronic calculator with a switch-selectable constant mode for multiplication and division. The machine uses a single-chip calculator IC manufactured by Nortec Electronics, and a planar gas-discharge seven-segment display. The machine uses a single-chip calculator IC designed and manufactured by Nortec Electronics, the Nortec 4204.

If you have a Hugle-8 calculator, or any other calculator that was sold under the Hugle International brand, please contact the museum by clicking on the EMail button in the menu-bar at the top of this page.


Hugle International Hugle-8 Specifications

Manufacturer: Hugle International (Possible Commodore OEM)
Model Number: Hugle-8
Manufactured In: Mt. View, California, USA
Display Technology: Planar seven-segment Gas-Discharge Display, 9 digits
Power Requirement: 115VAC, 50/60Hz, 3 Watts
Logic Technology: Nortec Electronics 4204 "Calculator on a Chip"
Digits of Capacity: 8
Decimal Modes: Automatic Floating Decimal Point
Math Functions: Four Function
Memories: None
Constant: Yes. Multiply and Divide via [K] Key

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