Texas Instruments TI-1000 (silver)

Date of introduction:  1978 Display technology:  LED-stick
New price:  $9.77 Display size:  8
Size:  5.4" x 2.8" x 1.3"
 138 x 72 x 32 mm3
Weight:  3.0 ounces, 84 grams Serial No:  
Batteries:  9V  Date of manufacture:  wk 43 year 1978
AC-Adapter:  AC9180 Origin of manufacture:  USA (LTA)
Precision:  8 Integrated circuits:  TMC1992
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner
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TI-1000S_PCB.jpg (369582 Byte)TI-1000S_BACK.jpg (404239 Byte)While the original TI-1000 introduced in June 1977 sports a golden trim around the keyboard, changed Texas Instruments the design in Summer 1978 to a silver-gray finish. 

TI-1000_1.jpg (62192 Byte)Dismantling both generations of the TI-1000 reveals a surprise! The earlier model uses an internal construction with a small printed circuit board (PCB) similar to the TI-30 while later model looks with its larger flexible PCB more like a TI-50. The picture shows on the left a TI-1000 manufactured in 1977, the TI-1000 on the right was assembled in 1978.

The most important difference are the two single-chip calculator circuits used with the early and later TI-1000s:

TI-1000 (1977): TMC1991 packaged in 28-pin SPDIP (Shrink Plastic Dual In-line Package) with Die-up (standard pinout) on a two-sided Rigid-PCB
TI-1000 (1978): TMC1992 packaged in 28-pin SPDIP (Shrink Plastic Dual In-line Package) with Die-down (reverse pinout) on a single-sided Flex-PCB

The use of a single-sided PCB was made possible with an unconventional approach of scanning the keyboard switch-matrix with 10 dedicated pins (6 row outputs, 4 column inputs) instead of using either the digit-driver outputs or segment-driver outputs for the keyboard rows.

Calculators with different keyplates were sold from Western Auto as Citation.

The two different internal designs of the TI-1000 calculators are used with the Little Professor (1978), too.


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Joerg Woerner, January 4, 2002. No reprints without written permission.