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“Excalibur Knight” picture taken from a box

“Excalibur Knight” picture taken from a box

Shane Samole founded Excalibur Electronics in 1992, after having borrowed $25.000 from his late father Sidney Samole. Previously Shane had worked in his father’s 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.

After the sale of Fidelity Electronics to Hegener & Glaser in 1988, Sid Samole started a company named Pop Up Tent Inc. Excalibur Electronics was incorporated after Sid's counseling of his son Shane to start this business after his release from Fidelity Electronics.

Shane Samole started by importing chess games from Eric White in Hong Kong whose company Timorite Ltd at that time was behind the Krypton brand of chess computers. However according to reports from Ron Nelson, Sid counseled Shane that his company needed to make their own products and sell them to be successful.

Therefore Sid contacted Ron Nelson, on Shane’s behalf, and negotiated a deal and contract where Ron could work at home 3 days and at the Pop Up Tent, Inc. offices, Excalibur shared, for 2 days. This allowed Ron whose wife had passed away from terminal cancer the time to raise his family of four children. The contract that Ron negotiated with Excalibur Electronics was for royalties for any chess computer sold by Excalibur including Eric Whites Krypton range of computers.

Excalibur received some fantastic proposals to produce their computers from Hong Kong companies Same Time Limited and EWIG whose manufacturing was situated in the Guangdong Province of China. Their manufacturing costs were much lower than Eric White's manufacturing company. This switch in manufacturing resulted in the severance of the Eric White Krypton connection.

At around this same period Sid Samole’s company Pop Up Tent, Inc. folded as a result of the pop up tent inventor’s patent application being rejected. Sid Samole joined Excalibur full time and assumed control of the operation until his death. At this time Excalibur moved to a smaller building in Miami.

Ron Nelson took a 9 month sabbatical between June 15, 1999 and March 1, 2000 in order to work full time on a new 4-bit chess program with a new LCD segmented chess display and an innovative new housing design, which years later Sony would copy and call the Walkman Bean. He returned to Excalibur with the new LCD Chess (Model 375) design where he negotiated a new more lucrative contract for himself. Excalibur because of mechanical design problems with Mirage and EWIG's lack of experience in producing a robotic computer, were at that time suffering severe financial hardship. However, Ron Nelson's timely launch of LCD Chess was a huge success during the Winter Holiday period of the year 2000 because of its low manufacturing cost and high profit margin. This ensured Excalibur would overcome its financial stress and live to sell another year.

Sid Samole died on July, 30, 2000, Excalibur however continued with Shane Samole as owner and Ron Nelson as chief designer, developer and programmer until Excalibur's bankruptcy and sale to EB Electronics on July 1, 2009.

Ron Nelsons 4 bit programs and 8 bit 65C02 programs continued to be the mainstay of Excalibur computers until he was finally laid off by EB Excalibur on October 24th, 2010.

For further reading of Ron Nelson comments go to: Hiarcs Forum

Excalibur Corporate Headquarters Address in Miami, Florida, U.S.A.

Excalibur Corporate Headquarters Address in Miami, Florida, U.S.A.

Picture taken from an Excalibur Electronics Product Catalog.

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Ronald C. Nelson

Ronald C. Nelson

Inventor, Programmer, Developer & Designer at Fidelity Electronics and Excalibur Electronics

908 - 2003

902E - 1997

119-E - 1995

975 - 2002

807e - 1993

Alexandra the Great

Alpha 2-in-1

Chess Express

Chess Station

Chess Wizard

Ecalibur Alexandra the Great (2003)

Excalibur Alpha 2 in 1 (1997) Electronic Chess Computer

Ecalibur Chess Express (1995)

Excalibur Chess Station (2002)

Excalibur Chess Wizard (1993)

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903 - 1997

118E - 1994

901E-4 - 2005

404D - 2004

410 - 2001

Crusader

Cutlass

Deluxe Electronic Chess

Deluxe Talking Touch Chess

e-Chess

Ecalibur Crusader (1997)

Excalibur Cutlass (1994) Electronic Chess Computer

Excalibur Deluxe Electronic Chess (2005)

Excalibur Deluxe Talking Touch Chess  (2004)

Excalibur E-Chess (2001) Electronic Chess Computer

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EXCALIBUR ELECTRONICS -- PIONEERS AND ON-GOING LEADERS IN COMPUTERIZED CHESS!

Chess is fun -- why else would so many people down through the centuries have played it? And Chess gives you that rare combination of something that’s truly fun and truly beneficial. Chess keeps your mind sharp. Numerous studies from around the world have shown that students improve their grades by playing chess. Adults can improve their problem-solving skills by playing.

Excalibur’s computer chess partners stand reliably ready for a game whenever you are -- any time day or night!

You can count on Excalibur to expand the abilities, user-friendly features, and even the “personalities” of these computer trainers and partners. Excalibur has sustained spectacular growth over the last few years because it’s given more and more people around the world the high-quality, thought-provoking fun that’s become our trademark.

EXCALIBUR ELECTRONICS... WE MAKE YOU THINK!

The above is an introduction that Excalibur used in some of their early User Manuals.

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“Another Excalibur Logo” picture taken from a box

“Another Excalibur Logo” picture taken from a box

New in 2008 Einstein Brain Games Logo used for the new range of chess computers used under license. Represented exclusively by Corbis.

410-3-CS - 2004

410X-CS-RS - 2005

E714 - 2008

E951 - 2008

E123 - 2008

e-Chess & Checkers

e-Chess Express

Einstein Chess Wizard

Einstein E=MC2 Master

Einstein LCD Chess Wizard

Excalibur e-Chess & Checkers (2004)

Excalibur e-Chess Express (2005)

Excalibur Einstein Chess Wizard (2008)

Einstein E=MC2 Master Chess & Checkers (2008)

Excalibur Einstein LCD Chess Wizard (2008)

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ET404 - 2008

775 - 1997

127E - 1995

COMING SOON

COMING SOON

Einstein Touch Chess

Electronic Glass

Escort

Grandmaster

Grandmaster Platinum Ed.

Einstein Touch Chess (2008)

Excalibur Electronic Glass Chess Computer (1997)

Excalibur Escort (1995)

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

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EXCALIBUR BRAIN GAMES

EXCALIBUR BRAIN GAMES

This is the lastest theme that Excalbur is using for their branding of intelligent games. Picture taken from a box.

711E - 1997

701E - 1996

712 - 2002

310E - 1997

915-3 - 2002

Igor

Ivan the Terrible

Ivan II The Conqueror

Karpov 2294

King Arthur

Ecalibur Igor (1997)

Ecalibur Ivan the Terrible (1996)

Ecalibur Ivan II The Conqueror (2002)

Excalibur Karpov 2294 (1997)

Excalibur King Arthur (2002) Electronic Chess Computer

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915-W - 2005

911E - 1994

911E-2 - 1997

911E-3 - 2003

170SI-C - 1996

King Arthur Deluxe

Kingmaster

Kingmaster II

Kingmaster III

Lancer Express 2-in-1

Excalibur King Arthur Deluxe (2005) Electronic Chess Computer

Excalibur Kingmaster (1994) Electronic Chess & Checkers Computer

Excalibur Kingmaster II (1997) Electronic Chess & Checkers Computer

Excalibur Kingmaster III (2003) Electronic Chess & Checkers Computer

Ecalibur Lancer Express (1996)

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Gentleman playing chess wearing a Excalibur Nicole Miller  designer tie.

Gentleman playing chess wearing a Excalibur Nicole Miller designer tie.

375 - 2000

375-1 - 2001

375-2 - 2003

375X-JC - 2005

EI5316RE - 2010

LCD Chess Model 375

LCD Chess Model 375-1

LCD Chess & Checkers

LCD Chess Express

LCD Chess Wizard Keychain

Excalibur LCD Chess Model 375 (2000) Electronic Chess Computer

Excalibur LCD Chess Model 375-1 (2001) Electronic Chess Computer

Excalbur LCD Chess & Checkers Model 375-2 (2003) Electronic Chess Computer

Excalibur LCD Chess Express (2005) Electronic Chess Computer

Excalibur Einstein LCD Chess Wizard Keychain (2010) Electronic Chess Computer

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410K - 2007

375V - 2005

301E-2 - 1993

2000

323E - 1995

LCD Keychain Chess

LCD Kingmaster 375V

Legend II

Mentor

Merlin

Excalibur LCD Keychain Chess Computer (2007)

Excalibur LCD Kingmaster (2005) Electronic Chess Computer

Ecalibur Legend II (1993)

Excalibur Mentor (2000) Electronic Chess Computer

Excalibur Merlin Electronic Chess Computer

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This TEACH MODE Logo can be seen on the boxes of many Excalibur Chess Computers. Picture taken from a box

This TEACH MODE Logo can be seen on the boxes of many Excalibur Chess Computers. Picture taken from a box

I TALK Excalbur has produced more Talking Chess Computers than any other manufacturer of chess computers. Picture taken from a product brochure.

“I TALK” Excalbur has produced more Talking Chess Computers than any other manufacturer of chess computers. Picture taken from a product brochure.

COMING SOON

974 - 2003

QU159 - 2007

923ENM - 1995

COMING SOON

Mirage

New York Times

New York Times Deluxe

Nicole Miller

Phantom Force

Coming Soon

Excalibur The New York Times (2003) Electronic Chess Computer (2006)

Ecalibur New York Times Deluxe (2007)

Excalibur Nicole Miller (1995) Electronic Chess

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901E-3 - 1997

901E-4 - 2001

901E-2 - 1995

117 - 1997

328E - 1993

Saber III

Saber IV

Sabre II

Squire

Stiletto

Ecalibur Saber III (1997)

Ecalibur Saber IV (2001)

Ecalibur Sabre II (1995)

Excalibur Squire (1997) Electronic Chess Computer

Excalibur Stiletto Electronic Chess Computer

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Excalibur produces chess computers and games for the enjoyment of kids and adults. Picture taken from a box

Excalibur produces chess computers and games for the enjoyment of kids and adults. Picture taken from a box

638E - 1993

5T-932E - 1994

5T-932WE - 1994

932ED - 1996

410V - 2007

Stiletto Deluxe

Stiletto II

Stiletto II Deluxe

Stiletto III

Talking E-Chess

Excalibur Stiletto Deluxe

Excalibur Stiletto II (1994) Electronic Chess Computer

Excalibur Stiletto II Deluxe (1994) Electronic Chess Computer

Ecalibur Stiletto III (1996)

Excalibur Talking E-Chess (2007)

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375V - 2002

932ED-2 - 1997

922E - 1995

5T 969WE - 1995

404 - 2001

Talking LCD Chess

The Excalibur

The Explorer

The Explorer Deluxe

Touch Chess

Excalibur Talking LCD Chess (2002) Electronic Chess Computer

Excalibur "The Excalibur" (1997) Electronic Chess Computer

Ecalibur The Explorer (1995)

Excalibur The Explorer Deluxe (1995) Electronic Chess Game

Excalibur Touch Chess (2001) Electronic Chess Computer

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“EXCALIBUR INNOVATIONS” PRODUCT CATALOG.

EXCALIBUR INNOVATIONS” PRODUCT CATALOG.

404-2 - 2003

404ET-CS - 2006

169E-2 - 1997

120E - 1997

Touch Chess and Checkers

Touch Chess II

Travel King Master II

Viper

Excalibur Touch Chess & Checkers (2003) Electronic Chess Computer

Excalibur Touch Chess II (2006)

Excalibur Travel King Master II (1997) Electronic Chess Computer

Excalibur Viper (1997) Electronic Chess Computer

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The “World Chess Hall of Fame” and “Sidney Samole Chess Museum” is the last endowment of the great chess computer pioneer Sidney Samole. This picture is today used by Excalibur Electronics as an endorsement for their chess computers. Picture taken from an Excalibur Chess Computer Box

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