Texas Instruments TI-1700 DATACLIP

Date of introduction:  June 5, 1977 Display technology:  LCD (yellow)
New price:  $34.95 Display size:  8
Size:  1.0" x 6.2" x 0.35"
 26 x 157 x 9 mm3
Weight:  1.3 ounces, 38 grams Serial No:  042516
Batteries:  3*LR54  Date of manufacture:  wk 09 year 1978
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  USA
Precision:  8 Integrated circuits:  Toshiba T3551 or T3708
Memories:  1    
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Ken H. Meine

With the TI-1700 DATACLIP Texas Instruments started the production of LCD calculators only two month after the introduction of the Japanese TI-1750.

You need a lot of engineering to squeeze a complete calculator into that small housing. TI-1700_1.jpg (45321 Byte)
The keyboard is made of a one-piece mold with some foam between the keys and the contacts. TI-1700_2.jpg (34938 Byte)
A small printed circuit board (PCB) holds the single-chip calculator circuit and the LC-display. The keyboard uses a thin foil with metal traces. TI-1700_3.jpg (36708 Byte)

The people at Texas Instruments did a great job, the DATACLIP is from superior quality compared to similar products from competitive companies.

Two similar looking calculators were introduced with the Canon Ruler-8 and the Toshiba LC-850M.

In the later history of Texas Instruments you'll find another calculator looking like a ruler, the TI-2150.

Don't miss the rare TI-1760 DataCard.


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Joerg Woerner, December 5, 2001. No reprints without written permission.