ABOVE: This is the 2nd earliest known - and recently discovered - public press release for any commercial transistorized desktop calculator /computer (see above). It was discovered through recent advances in early newspaper archival and digitization. This museum's Curator was led to it after conducting several recent interviews with the retired Chief Engineer of WYLE Laboratories at the time, now 90. The museum's Curator was led, initially, to conducting these interviews after chancing upon a mysterious WYLE device and discovering, after conducting an analysis of early WYLE patents, that it is - in fact - the long lost prototype of the WYLE Scientific, which used to be in the personal possession of WYLE's retired Chief Engineer himself. This earliest-known surviving prototype of a commercial transistorized desktop calculator/computer is this month's featured museum piece.
The above clip is the second earliest known public press release of a commercial transistorized desktop calculator/computer. It is dated March 17, 1964 and announces the "all-transistorized" and "typewriter" sized "WYLE Scientific" and further announces that it bridges a commercial "gap" between mechanical calculators and full-fledged computers. Less than a week after this press release came out there were already several additional - and recently discovered - press announcements for the WYLE Scientific (see this Site). As noted above, the spectacular hand-built and 100% breadboarded prototype for this WYLE Scientific is this month's featured museum piece.
Compare this WYLE Scientific public press release date with other earliest-known publicly-published press releases (see below). Coincidentally, Sharp's earliest announcement came only one day later than WYLE's. Sources and "clips" may be found this museum's open-archive pages.
Note: Sharp is listed twice because its March 18th, 1964 announcement (which we learned about from the Dentaku Museum) has not been independently verified by our museum and its newspaper of publication is also not presently known to us.
Mathatronics Mathatron.....Feb (Mar) 1964 (see Mathatron archive)
WYLE Scientific (WS-01)....March 17, 1964 (Asbury Park Evening Press)
Sharp Compet (CS-10A)......March 18, 1964 (not independently verified)
IME 84.........................................April 12, 1964 (see IME S.p.A. archive)
Sharp Compet (CS-10A)......May 19, 1964 (see Sharp CS-10A archive)
Friden 130 (EC-130)...............May 20, 1964 (see Friden EC-130 archive)