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Texas Instruments Spelling ABC
|Date of introduction:||1979||Display technology:||Fluorescent|
|New price:||Display size:||8 alphanumeric|
|Size:|| 6.2" x 3.4" x 1.1"
157 x 86 x 29 mm3
|Weight:||5.7 ounces, 163 grams||Serial No:|
|Batteries:||9V||Date of manufacture:||wk 29 year 1980|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||Italy|
|Precision:||Integrated circuits:||TMC0274, TMC0355 (CD2607)|
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
(EU: 6.6M Bytes)
(EU: 3.9M Bytes)
The Spelling ABC educational toy is preprogrammed to teach the spelling of simple words through different games using a pictured booklet. In this booklet a lot of things are numbered and Spelling ABC asks you to type the corresponding word. The German edition contains 88 words each in three different categories adding to a total of 264 words. A nice feature of this game is an added buzzer to give some noisy feedback.
Spelling ABC is identical with the 2nd generation US Spelling B
introduced one year earlier but uses a German language ROM and a different
From a technical point of view the toy makes use of the technology introduced in 1978 with the Speak & Spell: The TMC0274 microcontroller is derived from the TMS1000 series and adopted to control both the keyboard and the display, the TMC0355 128kBit ROM stored in the Speak & Spell the Speech data and is known as Voice Synthesis Memory (VSM).
In United Kingdom the Spelling B uses another language ROM and a slightly different design. Explore the Spelling ABC.
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© Joerg Woerner, Januaray 11, 2002. No reprints without written permission.