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Sharp gets award for pocket calculators

Sharp gets award for pocket calculators

Sharp Corp. announced it has received an award for its electronic calculators from the world’s largest electrical engineering society.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has recognized the achievement Sharp’s electronic calculator represents in several fields, the consumer electronics maker said Thursday.

Sharp is the first Japanese recipient in the information-equipment field since the IEEE Milestone award was established in 1983. It is the fifth time a Japanese firm has received the award.

The IEEE praised Sharp’s innovative efforts to make desktop electronic calculators more compact and reduce their power consumption between 1964 and 1973.

Following on the heels of the world’s first all-transistor diode desktop calculator, Sharp took the lead in developing solid-state circuitry for consumer devices. It also cut the number of parts in the machines and introduced pocket-size electronic calculators.

“These products evolved into compact information devices that could be used by individuals, and contributed to their widespread use around the globe,” Sharp said.

The IEEE is the world’s largest professional technical association of electrical and electronics engineers, with more than 377,000 individual members in some 150 countries. It plays a leading role in areas ranging from computers to electric power and aerospace engineering.

Past recipients have been the Tokaido shinkansen and Seiko’s electronic quartz wristwatch.