Features in optional ROMs are listed as Option. Features in HP mag card or tape Application Pacs are listed as +. Other software is not included. 


Display and Keyboard  HP38C 
Display type  LED 
Display format  1 Line 
FIXed number format  Yes 
SCIentific number format  Yes 
ENGineering number format   
STanDard / ALL number format   
Alpha messages and prompts   
Softkeys labeled by mag. card or overlay   
Softkeys labeled by display menus   
Softkeys with neither labeling system   
Status annunciators   
Redefinable keyboard   
Logic  HP38C 
Logic system  RPN 
Stack levels  4 
Last x  Yes 
Undo   
Precedence   
Parentheses   
Storage Addition (STO +)  Yes 
Storage Arithmetic (STO +, −, ×, ÷)  Yes 
Storage Exponentiation (STO ^)   
Recall Arithmetic   
Named variables   
Multiple data types   
Directories   
Math  HP38C 
+, −, ×, ÷  Yes 
1/x  Yes 
√  Yes 
x^{2}   
LOG x   
10^{x}   
LN x  Yes 
e^{x}  Yes 
y^{x}  Yes 
π   
%  Yes 
% change  Yes 
INTeger truncation and ABSolute value  Yes 
Trigonometric functions (SIN, COS etc.)   
Hyperbolic trig. (SINH, COSH etc.)   
# of trig. modes (degrees, radians, grads)   
Advanced Math  HP38C 
Solver / root finder   
Numeric integration   
Complex numbers   
Matrix operations   
Matrix writer   
Equation writer   
Symbolic operations   
Fractions   
Plotting and graphics (display)   
Plotting and graphics (printer / plotter)   
Statistical  HP38C 
Mean, standard deviation (# of variables)  2 
Σ of n, x, x^{2}  Yes 
Σ of n, x, x^{2}, y  Yes 
Σ of n, x, x^{2}, y, xy  Yes 
Σ of n, x, x^{2}, y, y^{2}, xy  Yes 
Σ of lists   
Random number generator   
Linear regression, estimate  Yes 
Curve fitting   
Correlation coefficient  Yes 
Normal distribution   
Factorial  Yes 
Gamma   
Combinations and permutations   
Scientific and Time  HP38C 
Polar / rectangular conversions   
Base conversions (2, 8, 10, 16)   
Arithmetic in bases 2, 8 and 16   
Bit operations (AND, OR, XOR, ...)   
Selectable word size (164 bits)   
Selectable complement mode (1's, 2's, unsigned)   
Decimal hrs / hrs.min.sec. conversions   
Hrs.min.sec arithmetic   
Time of day clock   
Timer   
Dynamic calculations (timer × rate)   
Alarms   
Unit Conversions  HP38C 
Centimeters / inches   
Millimeters / inches   
Meters / feet   
Kilograms / pounds (mass)   
Newtons / pounds (force)   
British thermal units / joules   
Liters / gallons   
° Celsius / ° Fahrenheit   
Other   
Userdefined units   
Time Value of Money  HP38C 
Number of payments (n)  Yes 
Interest rate (i)  Yes 
Present Value (PV)  Yes 
Payment (PMT)  Yes 
Future Value (FV)  Yes 
Cash Flow Analysis  HP38C 
Net present value (NPV)  Yes 
Internal rate of return (IRR)  Yes 
Amortization  HP38C 
Accumulated Interest (ACC INT)  Yes 
Balance (BAL)  Yes 
Depreciation  HP38C 
Straight line (SL)   
Sum of the years digits (SOYD)   
Declining balance (DB)   
Bonds and calendar functions  HP38C 
Bond price   
Bond yield   
Date arithmetic / calendar functions  Yes 
Memory and Programming  HP38C 
Programming language(s)  RPN 
RAM / Max # of variables or addressable registers  20 
Max # of program steps  99 
RAM / Max vars or regs with full optional RAM   
Max # of prog steps with full optional RAM   
Merged program steps  Yes 
Manual register / program memory allocation   
Automatic register / program memory allocation  Yes 
Overlapped register and program memory   
Continuous memory  Yes 
Flags   
Conditional tests  2 
Subroutine levels   
Indexed looping (increment by +/ 1, end at 0)   
Indexed looping (choice of increment and end)   
Multiple index / loop registers   
Line number addressing   
Branching by relative line number   
Global program label addressing   
Local program label addressing   
Indirect / computed addressing and control   
Multiple indirection registers   
Pause  Yes 
Alpha messages and prompts in programs   
Alpha program listings   
Alpha string manipulation   
Program step insert / delete   
I/O and Expansion Features  HP38C 
ROM modules   
RAM modules or expansion option   
General expansion slots / connector   
Magnetic card reader/writer   
Tape drive   
Disk drive   
Upgradeable firmware   
Optical wand   
Serial port   
Infrared input   
Infrared output   
Printer   
Networking   
Other   
General  HP38C 
Sounds   
Self test  Yes 
Hard case (in addition to soft case)   
Additional Features   
Batteries  Rechargeable 
Length (inches)  5.6" 
Width  2.8" 
Height  1.2" 
Weight (oz or lbs)  68 oz* 
Year of introduction  1979 
Features in optional ROMs are listed as Option. Features in HP mag card or tape Application Pacs are listed as +. Other software is not included. Unlim means limited only by available memory. 
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