DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus (France)
|Date of introduction:||June 2006||Display technology:||LCD dot matrix|
|New price:||EUR 104.99||Display size:||8 * 16 characters|
|Size:|| 7.2" x 3.2" x 0.80"
182 x 81 x 20 mm3
|Weight:||6.4 ounces, 182 grams||Serial No:||2774016729|
|Batteries:||4*AAA + CR1620 (35mA)||Date of manufacture:||mth 08 year 2006|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||China (S)|
|Precision:||14||Integrated circuits:|| ASIC: TI-REF TI-738X
Display: Toshiba T6K04
|Program steps:||24k Bytes, 160k Bytes Flash-ROM||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
Instruments introduced the original TI-83 Plus
already in 1999 as the successor of the TI-83. It was an
immediate success on the market and it was for a long time frame the best selling graphing calculator in the
and Canada. Texas Instruments reported more than 2,000,000 shipped units in 2000!
In the fast moving world of electronics and manufacturing technology it was for sure that we will see a lot of improvements of the TI-83 Plus till its discontinuation. In 2008 the TI-83 Plus is still available in the shelves of the US and European stores and we recently acquired a whole bunch of them:
A light blue
Plus manufactured in April 2007 by
Tai Electronics, Inc. in China
for the French market and its pink sibling manufactured in July 2007.
Comparing these 2006/2007 manufactured calculators with the original design reveals a lot of internal differences.
The original design of the TI-83 Plus made use of 5 main Integrated Circuits:
Zilog Z84C00 microprocessor
TI REF 9815455 ASIC
512k Byte Flash-ROM
32k Byte RAM
Toshiba T6A04A: Single-chip 64*120 pixel display driver
The new designed printed circuit board (PCB) needs just 3 Integrated Circuits:
ASIC: Z-80 microprocessor, RAM and
There are minor differences between the components located in the different production batches:
|Manufacturer||Date code||ASIC||Flash-ROM||Display Driver|
|Inventec||August 2006||TI-738X||Spansion S29AL004||Toshiba T6K04|
|Inventec||April 2007||TI-738X||Spansion S29AL004||Novatek NT7564H|
|Nam Tai||April 2007||Chip-On-Board||Macronix MX29LV400||Novatek NT7564H|
picture on the right gives an enhanced view of the ASIC "TI-REF TI-738X"
that clocks the Z-80
microprocessor with 6 MHz and incorporates the 32k Byte RAM and some supporting
logic. The ASIC was probably manufactured by Toshiba and recalls us the TI-83
Plus Silver Edition with the "TI-REF 83PL2M/TA2" ASIC and the early
TI-84 Plus with its "TI-REF 83PLUSB/TA2" ASIC.
A component not easily detected on the printed circuit board (PCB) of the TI-83 Plus is the driver circuit of the LC-Display. It is just a bare chip mounted on a flexible piece of circuit board attached between the display and the main PCB.
A serial port of the calculators allows the connection to the Calculator-Based Laboratory system CBL, its successor CBL 2, the Calculator-Based Ranger CBR and its successor CBR 2.
Texas Instruments France introduced in 2008 the TI-83
Plus.fr with not only translated menues but even keys and discontinued the
1.19 (January 16, 2006, actual in February 2008)
You can check the ROM version of your TI-83
Plus using the following key sequence and reading the number on your screen:
[2nd] [MEM] 
Information provided by ticalc.org
and Xavier Andrιani.
The TI-83 Plus is permitted (as of September 27, 2007) for use on SAT, ACT, PSAT and AP exams.
If you have additions to the above article please email: email@example.com.
© Joerg Woerner, February 5, 2008. No reprints without written permission.