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Sanyo ICC-162

The Sanyo ICC-162
Photo Courtesy Rainer Fredrich

The Sanyo ICC-162 was an early calculator made by Sanyo in Japan. The machine was the top-end machine in a series of calculators that inlcuded the 121 (12-digit, 1 memory), the 141 (14-digit, 1 memory), and the 162. All of this generation of machines appear to have been introduced in the late '68 to early '69 timeframe, and were marketed into the early 1970's. These machines shared a common general design, with unique incandescent seven-segment display modules. The machines utilize early NEC-made MOS small-scale integrated circuits. The 162 has a capacity of 16 digits with fixed decimal selections (via a slide switch situated under the display) between 15 and 0 digits behind the decimal. The machine provides the four standard math functions, along with one-key square root, and percent function. Two accumulating memory registers are provided, with functions available for automatic sum-of-products. Sanyo produced versions of these machines as an OEM supplier to Dictaphone Corp. for sale and distribution in North America under the Dictaphone brand. Dictaphone marketed an identical (other than cabinet and keyboard color scheme) machine to this in the North American market, badged as the Dictaphone 1620. Sanyo later established its own distribution network in North America and began selling their machines directly.