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Texas Instruments TI-Nspire COLOR (Prototype)
|Date of introduction:||Never||Display technology:|| LCD dot matrix
16-bit color, backlit
|New price:||Display size:||240 * 320 pixels|
|Size:|| 7.5" x 3.4" x 0.60"
190 x 87 x 15 mm3
|Weight:||7.6 ounces, 216 grams||Serial No:|
|Batteries:||3.7L1060SP Li-Ion||Date of manufacture:||mth 08 year 2010|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||China|
|Precision:||14||Integrated circuits:|| CPU: ET-NS2010A-0
SDRAM and Flash MCP: Micron MT29C1G56MAUZAJC
Flash-ROM: Macronix MX29SL402
|Program steps:||32M Bytes, 100M Bytes Flash ROM||Courtesy of:||Texas Instruments|
Texas Instruments introduced at the 2011 T3 International Conference held on February 25-27 in San Antonio, TX with the TI-Nspire CX and TI-Nspire CX CAS their first graphing calculators with full color, backlit displays.
This TI-Nspire COLOR was one of
the prototypes to test the design in the field.
Dismantling this TI-Nspire COLOR prototype manufactured already in August 2010 in China reveals a very compact design based on only two printed circuit boards (PCBs) with just a few main Integrated Circuits.
Processor: The ARM9 CPU is integrated into an ASIC with the markings ET-NS2010A-0 (T6UJ1XBG-0001), obviously from Toshiba, Japan. The ARM9 core is clocked with 132 MHz compared to the 90 MHz of the previous TI-Nspire. Learn more about the Hardware Architecture of TI’s Graphing Calculators.
Please notice that the later TI-Nspire CX and CX CAS use an ASIC
with the markings ET-ET2010B-0 (T6UJ1XBG-0002).
Memory: Both the NAND Flash-ROM with a capacity of 128M Bytes and the SDRAM with a capacity of 16M x 16 Bits are integrated into a Multichip Package (MCP) with the part designation Micron JW378. Using Micron's part number decoder expands the JW378 code to MT29C1G56MAUZAJC-75 and the MCP Part Numbering System explains:
|• 29C: NAND Flash-ROM + LPDRAM
• 1G: 1G Bits Flash density
• 56M: 256M Bits LPDRAM density
• A: 1.8V Operating Voltage
• U: Second generation Flash memory, 128M x 8 Bits
• Z: First generation LPDRAM memory, 16M x 16 Bits
• A: Chip count 1 NAND Flash-ROM, 1 LPDRAM
• JC: Package Code
• -75: 135 MHz Clock
addition to this impressive Multichip Package we located on the backside of the
PCB an additional Macronix MX29SL402
NOR Flash-ROM with a capacity of 512k
Bytes. It is used for the first-stage bootloader ("Boot 1") and was integrated
with the later TI-Nspire CX and CX CAS into the ASIC before it re-appeared with
hardware Revision NSC CR IV of the TI-Nspire
• TI-Nspire COLOR (Prototype)
3.0.0 DEVBUILD (January 2011)
Boot1 Code Version: 3.0.99
Boot2 Code Version: 3.0.127
You can check the ROM version of your TI-Nspire COLOR using the following key sequence and reading the number on your screen:
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Information provided by Xavier Andréani.
Since the TI-Nspire COLOR lacks a QWERTY keyboard it is permitted (as of May 30, 2013) for use on SAT, ACT, PSAT and AP exams.
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© Joerg Woerner, May 30, 2013. No reprints without written permission.