Texas Instruments TI-108

Date of introduction:  1992 Display technology:  LCD
New price:  ($5.99 in 2003)  Display size:  8
Size:  4.3" x 2.5" x 0.40"
 110 x 64 x 10 mm3
Weight:  1.5 ounces, 44 grams Serial No:  
Batteries:  n.a. Date of manufacture:  mth 11 year 1994
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  Malaysia (I)
Precision:  8 Integrated circuits:  Sharp LI3135MS
Memories:  1    
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

This third generation TI-108 manufactured by Inventec Corporation in Malaysia is just a minor variation of its predecessor and uses smaller solar cells. Everything else seems to be identical.

Texas Instruments was always listening for the demands of the classroom. Read some guidelines how to select the right calculator to ensure long-term satisfaction:

Solar Power: Eliminates the need for batteries. The TI ANYLITE™ technology
   allows operation even in low light.
Durability: Plastic keys are tougher and more tamper-proof than rubber keys.
   An extra window protects the LCD display and the solar cells.
Keyboard: Color coding helps children quickly identify functional key groupings.
   Large, well spaced keys are easier to find and press.
Packaging: With a convenient storage caddy 10 or even 30 
   calculators are grouped together.
Functions: Choose a model with only the specific functions you need.
   Unnecessary functions clutter the keyboard and may impede a student's
   understanding of the concepts.

TI-108_bundle.jpg (73576 Byte)Joe Taylor donated the picture on the right of the storage caddy.

In 1995 Texas  Instruments provided a total of 6 different calculators (not counting the Graphing Calculators TI-80, TI-81, TI-82 and TI-85) to meet the above demands. View a comparison table here.

Stokes Publishing Company, Inc. based in Sunnyvale, California sold a companion for the teacher, view the Basic.

The TI-108 was manufactured by different contract manufacturers. Don't miss a TI-108 assembled in 2000 by Nam Tai Electronics, Inc. in China.


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