Shane Samole founded Excalibur Electronics in 1992, after having borrowed $25.000 from his late father Sidney Samole. Previously Shane had worked in his fathers business Fidelity Electronics Inc. until the company was sold in the late 1980’s. Shane continued working for Fidelity as a Sales Manager until the new owners finally dropped electronic games from their portfolio.
Sidney Samole the founder of Fidelity Electronics, Inc., was credited for inventing the first commercial electronic chess computer, the Fidelity Chess Challenger 1 in 1977 together with engineer and programmer Ron Nelson.
Ron Nelson joined Shane Samole at Excalibur Electronics and today still holds the office of Vice President of Engineering.
Over the years Excalibur Electronics have steadily grown their business. Today they are the world’s largest manufacturer of Electronic Chess Computers.
Excalibur Electronics have business locations in Hong Kong and in Miami, USA. Factories in China produce their electronic products.
Excalibur Electronics started in 1992 selling electronic chess computers manufactured by CXG and Novag under the Excalibur Electronics brand name. By 2000 this had changed to the point where other manufacturers became less identifiable in the Excalibur electronic chess computer product range.
The establishment of a world headquarters in Hong Kong in 1996 coincides with the demise of CXG who were also based in Hong Kong and manufacturing in China. It is possible that Excalibur still continues to use CXG’s old Hong Kong manufacturing know-how and software inside today’s range of Excalibur electronic chess computers.