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Texas Instruments 30/super distributed by Koh-I-Noor Hardtmuth

Date of introduction:  1979 Display technology:  LED-stick
New price:   Display size:  8 (5 + 2)
Size:  5.8" x 3.1" x 1.4"
 148 x 78 x 36 mm3
   
Weight:  4.0 ounces, 114 grams Serial No:  146526
Batteries:  9V or RK2 Date of manufacture:  wk 12 year 1979
AC-Adapter:  AC9900/R Origin of manufacture:  Italy
Precision:  10 Integrated circuits:  TMS0981
Memories:  1    
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Michel Zwawiak

Texas Instruments 30/super? This was our first reaction when fellow collector Michel Pfister from France shared already some years ago a picture of this rare calculator with the Datamath Calculator Museum. It is obvious that the model 30/super - manufactured for Koh-i-Noor Hardtmuth - is a hybrid of three different products:

The basic functionality is borrowed without any doubts from the TI-30 introduced in 1976
The double-shot injection molded keys are known from the Business Analyst-I
The printed Texas Instruments logo between the display and keyboard are carried over from the European TI-45

In March 2011 our friend Michel surprised us with another calculator manufactured for Koh-I-Noor Hardtmuth, the odd Texas Instruments 1265 based on the TI-1265. And instead of pictures we even received a box from France with the real hardware as a loan for some deeper investigations and photo sessions. Thanks!

In the meantime Gilles Collas, a fellow calculator collector living in Luxembourg, discovered with the TI-1050 the third model in the line and we located the predecessor of the model 30/super known as model 40

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Joerg Woerner, April 6, 2011. No reprints without written permission.