Texas Instruments PS-5600 Translator

Date of introduction:  1991 Display technology:  LCD dot matrix
New price:   Display size:  31 char 
Size:  2.8" x 6.2" x 0.7"    
Weight:  7.5 ounces Serial No:  0003729
Batteries:  2*AAA + CR2016 Date of manufacture:  mth 08 year 1991
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  Taiwan
Precision:  10 Integrated circuits:  CPU: Toshiba T9989A
 ROM: Sharp LH532
 RAM: Sharp LH5160
 Display: 2 driver IC
Memories:  5k Byte    
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner
    Download manual:   (F, GB: 7.9 MByte)

PS-5600_P1.jpg (383008 Byte)Texas Instruments introduced already in the year 1990 this powerful multi-language Translator with integrated Databank feature.

The internal memory stores about 3,000 words and 1,000 small sentences in 13 different categories:

General Greetings
Travel, Customs
Medical, Emergency
Banking, Professions
Beauty, Health Care

Each word is available in six different languages: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch. By simply choosing a word or sentence in one of the six languages the other five languages could be displayed.

The Translator also functions as a versatile Databank with 5k Byte of memory to hold up to 250 names, addresses and phone numbers. Other useful features include currency - metric converter and 10-digit calculator. 

If you are not familiar with the Integrated Circuits found in the PS-5600 - the Sharp LH532 chip is a Mask-ROM with 256k Byte capacity and the Sharp LH5160 chip is a 8k Byte RAM. 

The next three years brought us two additional Translators, the smaller PS-5400 and the powerful PS-5800.


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Joerg Woerner, February 17, 2002. No reprints without written permission.