Texas Instruments TI-1796SV

Date of introduction:  1999 Display technology:  LCD
New price:   Display size:  10
Size:  5.2" x 4.3" x 0.95"
 132 x 109 x 24 mm3
Weight:  3.2 ounces, 92 grams Serial No:  
Batteries:  LR54 (30A) Date of manufacture:  mth 02 year 1999
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  China (G)
Precision:  10 Integrated circuits:  Sharp LI31692R
Memories:  1    
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

This TI-1796SV looks great - you won't find any right angle in the design. Curious about the SV designation? It is the abbreviation of SuperViewTM which implies the perfect size and contrast of the LC-Display. Compare it with its predecessor TI-1796+.

Dismantling this TI-1796SV manufactured in February 1999 by Kinpo Electronics in China reveals a clean design centered around a Sharp LI31692R single-chip calculator circuit in a conventional Quad Flat Pack (QFP) housing and soldered on a double-sided printed circuit board (PCB). The electronics is powered by 4 small solar cells and a LR54 (LR1130) backup battery.

Inspecting the PCBs of the TI-1796SV calculators brought our attention to two small marks reading 796T-10-2. We spotted a very similar PCB-Mark already with a TI-5018SV and started compiling a list of the PCB-Marks on calculators manufactured by OEMs for Texas Instruments.

Don't miss the TI-1795SV and its twin TI-7350SV with only 8 digits display in an identical housing.

A similar shaped housing was used with the -1796 introduced in the same year. Don't miss the rare prototype of the -1796.

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Joerg Woerner, May 2, 2003. No reprints without written permission.