Texas Instruments TI-808 (Third Design)

Date of introduction:  1988 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 10 year 1988
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  Taiwan (C)
Precision:  8 Integrated circuits:  
Memories:  1    
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

Texas Instruments introduced in 1986 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+. While the TI-808 (Second Design) changed in 1987 the color scheme of the calculator, switched this TI-808 (Third Design) the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) to a standard product with actually superior contrast.

Dismantling this TI-808 (Third Design) manufactured in October 1988 by Compal Electronics in Taiwan shows that only the LC-Display was redesigned, the printed circuit board (PCB) of the calculator is still labeled (TI-)508(-12).

Don't miss the white sibling of the TI-808.

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Joerg Woerner, April 5, 2024. No reprints without written permission.