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HP 12C Turns 40 This Year
08-08-2021, 03:31 AM
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HP 12C Turns 40 This Year
Happy Birthday, HP 12C!

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08-08-2021, 03:59 AM (This post was last modified: 08-08-2021 04:01 AM by Steve Simpkin.)
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RE: HP 12C Turns 40 This Year
Regarding the Voyager series calculators. "HP began designing a new CPU called Saturn and series of calculators to follow the HP-41C but these designs became quite complex so they designed another series of midrange calculators based on improved HP-41C technology as a 'short-term' measure."

Although the HP-11C and HP12C members of the HP Voyager family were formally introduced for sale in 1981, the earliest production examples of these two models were manufactured in late 1980. Thus the HP-12C has been in continuous production for almost 41 years now. The internal hardware has changed over the decades but the HP-12C you can purchase new today has the exact same functionality as the one introduced in 1981 and is running the same 41 year old core firmware code (via emulation). Not bad for a "short-term" product.

I just recently changed the 3 silver oxide batteries on my 1987 HP-12C. I suspect I will no longer be on this Earth when they need to be changed again.
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08-18-2021, 12:28 AM (This post was last modified: 08-18-2021 12:32 AM by HP67.)
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RE: HP 12C Turns 40 This Year
I bought mine in 1985 on the way to buy a car. It paid for itself when I amortized the terms before signing the contract! I got them to rewrite it on the spot and saved a few thousand bucks over life of loan.

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08-18-2021, 12:49 AM
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Long live the HP-12C

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08-18-2021, 01:08 PM
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RE: HP 12C Turns 40 This Year
Back ten years ago around the time of the 30th anniversary, they were saying that the 12C was the longest-lived consumer electronics product. Being that it is still being sold, that assertion lives on for sure.
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08-18-2021, 07:04 PM
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That was when you and I attended the HP 12c "press conference" on Wall Street.

This year will be crickets.
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