Texas Instruments TI-450

Date of introduction:  1973 Display technology:  Panaplex II
New price:   Display size:  12
Size:  10.7" x 10.0" x 3.7"    
Weight:  3 pounds 9 ounces Serial No:  450015207
Batteries:    Date of manufacture:  wk 13 year 1974
AC-Adapter:  120V AC Origin of manufacture:  USA
Precision:  12 Integrated circuits:  TMS0203, TMC0322
Memories:  1    
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Roger Gravel

This rare TI-450 was introduced in the year 1973 soon after the TI-3500. The main limitation in daily use of the TI-3500 was the lack of a memory. The TI-450 used instead the of the then modern "calculator-on-a-chip" invented already in the year 1971 a two-chip solution. The TMS0200 Chipset for 12-digit desktop calculators incorporate both enhanced driving capabilities for 12-digit displays and enhanced memory for program and data. 

Related calculators using this chipset are the SR-20 and SR-22. The first usage of the chip set was the TI-4000 and the Canon 121F.

A similar housing was used with the PM550-301 Programmer.

TI-450_1.jpg (129923 Byte)Dismantling the featured TI-450 manufactured in March 1974 by Texas Instruments reveals a rather complex design using multiple printed circuit boards (PCBs).

TI-450_PCB.jpg (270001 Byte)The Main-PCB is centered around the above mentioned TMS0200 Building Blocks for Desktop Calculators and complemented by various discrete components to drive the Panaplex II style display and generating the two-phase clock for the TMS0200.

TI-450_IC.jpg (38360 Byte)The TI-450 uses the TMS0200 Data Chip marked with TMS0203 and a TMS0300 ROM Chip marked with TMC0322, indicating a switch with TI's nomenclature from TMS for Texas Instruments MOS (Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor) Standard to TMC for Texas Instruments MOS Custom.

TI-450_2.jpg (28528 Byte)Texas Instruments started in 1973 manufacturing Panaplex II style displays for their expanding line of 12-digit calculators.

Don't miss the rare TI-500, the first printing calculator introduced by Texas Instruments and the related TI-620.


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Joerg Woerner and Roger Gravel, May 5, 2002. No reprints without written permission.