Texas Instruments TI-5038

Date of introduction:  1988 Display technology:  LCD
New price:   Display size:  8 + 6 lines * 8
Size:  7.5" x 7.7" x 3.2"    
Weight:  15 ounces Serial No:  
Batteries:  3*AA Date of manufacture:  mth 09 year 1989
AC-Adapter:  AC9175 Origin of manufacture:  Taiwan
Precision:  8 Integrated circuits:  Toshiba T7724, UM6116
Memories:  1 + 99 lines    
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner
    Download manual:   (EU: 7.9 MByte)

The TI-5038 continued a revolutionary concept introduced already in the year 1987: The TI-2800 Paperless Printer! The calculator works like the known printing desktops e.g. the TI-5130. All calculations are done on the main display. Instead the usual printout on a paper the results are scrolled through a secondary display with 6 lines. A maximum of 99 lines could be stored and scrolled up and down with the arrow keys.

The TI-5038 II looks similar but changed the specification: The display size was reduced to 4 lines of 10 digits and the storage capacity decreased to 45 lines.

Later similar calculators with smaller housings like the TI-5028 or more conventional design like the TI-5128 appeared.

Production of the TI-5038 was shifted to Malaysia about 1992.

The design of the TI-5038 matches with the TI-5021 introduced in the same year.

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Joerg Woerner, December 5, 2001. No reprints without written permission.