Texas Instruments TI-808 (First Design)

Date of introduction:  1986 Display technology:  LCD dot matrix
New price:   Display size:  8 
Size:  4.7" x 4.1" x 0.9"
 120 x 105 x 23 mm3
Weight:  2.7 ounces, 76 grams Serial No:  
Batteries:  n.a. Date of manufacture:  mth 12 year 1986
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  Taiwan (C)
Precision:  8 Integrated circuits:  
Memories:  1    
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

Texas Instruments introduced with the TI-808 a small desktop calculator with a dot matrix display. It looks today like a marketing gag, neither readability nor design of the numbers was enhanced to standard calculators like the TI-1795+.

Dismantling this TI-808 manufactured in December 1987 by Compal Electronics in Taiwan reveals a surprise: The printed circuit board (PCB) of the calculator is labeled (TI-)508(-11). Not very helpful because the original TI-508 appeared on the market about one year after this TI-808.

Texas Instruments changed within one year the color of the key legends - don't miss the revised TI-808 and a TI-808 in a white housing with blue accents.



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Joerg Woerner, JNovember 1, 2019. No reprints without written permission.