Texas Instruments SS-3008 STATISTICS Solid State Software Cartridge

Date of introduction:  1983 Display technology:  
New price:  $59.95 (MSRP 1983) Display size:  
Size:  2.1" x 2.0" x 0.55"
 53 x 52 x 14 mm3
Weight:  1.0 ounces, 28 grams Serial No:  
Batteries:  n.a. Date of manufacture:  wk 25 year 1983
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  USA (ATA)
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  HN61256P
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

The SS-3008 STATISTICS Solid State Software Cartridge (SSSC) was developed by Texas Instruments for its CC-40 Compact Computer System and contains 14 easy-to-use programs chosen to serve a broad range of statistical applications:

Descriptive Statistics - Histogram
Descriptive Statistics - Means and Moments
Parametric Tests - T-Test Paired Observations
Parametric Tests - T-Test Unpaired Observations
Non-Parametric Tests - Contingency Table Analysis
Non-Parametric Tests - Mann-Whitney Rank-Sum Test
Analysis of Variance - One-Way ANOVA
Analysis of Variance - Two-Way ANOVA
Theoretical Distributions - Binominal Distribution
Theoretical Distributions - Chi-Square Distribution
Theoretical Distributions - F-Distribution
Theoretical Distributions - Normal Distribution
Theoretical Distributions - Poisson Distribution
Theoretical Distributions - Student's T-Distribution

Dismantling a Solid State Software Cartridge manufactured by Texas Instruments in their Abilene, Texas facility, reveals a small printed circuit board (PCB) with a HN61256P ROM (Read-Only Memory) manufactured by Hitachi, Japan.

The HN61256P uses a CMOS process resulting in a very low power consumption of 7.5 mW and features a capacity of 32k Bytes with an access time of 3.5 us.

Don't miss an early prototype of the STATISTICS SSSC with a different form factor and electrical connector fitting only the never released prototypes of the Compact Computer 40.

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Joerg Woerner, October 19, 2019. No reprints without written permission.