|Re: Where does the 17B-II fit in?|
Message #2 Posted by Eric Smith on 23 Mar 2012, 8:17 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Matt Agajanian
The 18B, 19B, and 19BII were a series of high-end clamshell financial calculators, but they weren't really anything like a 12C.
The 17B and 17BII were Pioneer (non-clamshell) calculators otherwise fairly similar to the 19B/19BII.
HP probably hoped that the world would migrate from the 12C to the 17/18/19 family, but the 12C remained a best-seller.
The 10B and 14B were Pioneer low-end financial calculators.
Those were all Saturn-based, with the 17/18/19 models using System RPL internally, and the 10B and 14B being programmed in Saturn assembly language.
The newer 10B and 17B models are reengineerd and do not use Saturn, though providing mostly equivalent or improved functionality. The latest model in the 10B family, the 10bII+, is based on the Atmel ARM chip, as are the 20b, 30b, and the most recent 12C.
The 20b and 30b are basically entirely new, not attempting to be comparable to any specific older models.