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Texas Instruments TI-83 PLUS Silver Edition ViewScreen™

Date of introduction:  2001 Display technology:  LCD dot matrix
New price:  $150.00 Display size:  8 * 16 characters
Size:  7.2" x 3.2" x 0.95"    
Weight:  6.1 ounces Serial No:  1130V01331
Batteries:  4*AAA + CR1620 Date of manufacture:  mth 06 year 2002
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  Taiwan (I)
Precision:  14 Integrated circuits:  ASIC: TI-REF  83PL2M/TA2
 Flash: F29LV160
 RAM: CY62128VLL
 Display: Toshiba
T6K04
Memories:      
Program steps:  24k Bytes, 1.5M Bytes Flash-ROM Courtesy of:  Mark Bollman

The TI-83 Plus S.E. ViewScreen Calculator (VSC) is the teacher version of the standard TI-83 Plus Silver Edition. It connects with a special port to a ViewScreen panel via a cable. Placing the panel on the overhead projector enlarges the image of the handheld screen so that each student can follow along. 

The display of the TI-83 Plus Silver Edition sports 64 * 96 dots compared with the 64 * 128 dots of the TI-86 or the 100 * 160 dots of the TI-89. As a consequence introduced Texas Instruments different ViewScreen panels.   

Three ViewScreen panels were available in 2008:

Panel 1: TI-73 VSC, TI-73 Explorer VSC, TI-80 VSC, TI-82 VSC, TI-83 VSC,
    TI-83 Plus VSC, TI-83 Plus Silver Edition VSC, TI-84 Plus VSC,
    TI-84 Plus Silver Edition VSC
Panel 2: TI-89 VSC, TI-89 Titanium VSC, TI-92, TI-92 Plus, Voyage 200
Panel 3: TI-85 VSC, TI-86 VSC

As an alternative the TI-Presenter video adapter connects to a TV or other projection device with a video input port. 

From a technical point of view the TI-83 Plus S.E. VSC is almost identical with the students TI-83 Plus S.E.. The first difference you notice is a slightly changed bottom shell of the calculator housing to accommodate the ViewScreen connector.

Dismantling the TI-83 Plus S.E. VSC reveals a total of three printed circuit boards (PCBs).

The main PCB is identical with the TI-83 Plus S.E. and makes use of the TI-REF83PL2M/TA2 ASIC integrating a Z-80 microprocessor plus supporting logic surrounded by a Cypress CY62128VLL featuring 128k Bytes S-RAM and a Fujitsu F29LV160 Flash-ROM with 2M Byte storage space.

Even the display board of the TI-83 Plus S.E. VSC is identical with the TI-83 Plus S.E. but sports an additional connector for the third PCB. If you compare the PCB with the student TI-83 Plus S.E. you'll notice that the layout of the PCB is identical, only the connector itself is either assembled or not in place. 

A third PCB is connected with a short piece of flat-cable to the display board. This PCB basically buffers the signals of the LC-Display and feeds them to the external ViewScreen connector.

A deeper exploration of the display board shows the unbelievable high density of electrical connections between the Toshiba T6K04 display controller and the graphics screen.

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 announced June 2002 an optional full-sized QWERTY Keyboard for a more convenient entry of notes into the handhelds.

Don't miss the colorful slide cases developed for the TI-83 Plus, they fit on the TI-83 Plus Silver Edition ViewScreen, too.


ROM-Versions:

1.13 (April, 2001)
1.14 (December 16, 2001)
1.15 (August 26, 2002)
1.16
1.17
1.18
1.19 (January 16, 2006, actual in February 2008)

You can check the ROM version of your TI-83 Plus S.E. VSC using the following key sequence and reading the number on your screen:

[2nd] [MEM] [1]

Information provided by ticalc.org and Xavier Andréani.

Exam acceptance:

The TI-83 Plus S.E. VSC is permitted (as of September 27, 2007) for use on SAT, ACT, PSAT and AP exams.

Obsolete / Discontinued Products:

The TI-83 Plus Silver Edition Graphing Calculator has been discontinued (as of June 8, 2008) and is no longer available at most retail locations. 

 

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© Joerg Woerner, August 3, 2008. No reprints without written permission.