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.
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