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
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.   

Four 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 (2nd design), TI-86 VSC
Panel 4: TI-Nspire, TI-Nspire CAS, TI-Nspire Touchpad, TI-Nspire CAS Touchpad

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 REF 83PL2M/TA2 ASIC integrating a Z80 microprocessor plus supporting logic surrounded by a Cypress CY62128VLL featuring 128k Bytes Static RAM and a Fujitsu F29LV160 Flash ROM with 2M Bytes storage space. Learn more about the Hardware Architecture of TI’s Graphing Calculators.

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.


1.13 (April, 2001)
1.14 (December 16, 2001)
1.15 (August 26, 2002)
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 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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