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Handy Tech Galixa Speech

Date of introduction:  1995 Display technology:  LED-stick and Braille cells
New price:   Display size:  10 (6 + 2)
Size:  5.0" x 9.0" x 1.8"    
Weight:  1 pounds 5 ounces Serial No:  GAS/A1-294001/V
Batteries:  4 AA-size NiCd Date of manufacture:  mth 11 year 2000
AC-Adapter:  9V 100mA DC Origin of manufacture:  Germany
Precision:  12 Integrated circuits:  HD64180, M272001, U6264
 Galaxy 40x: Toshiba T6A59
Memories:  1    
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Siegfried Kipke

This Galixa Speech makes use of the Texas Instruments Galaxy 40x instead of the first generation Galixa Speech based on the TI-30 Galaxy.

This Galixa Speech is a scientific calculator with natural voice speech output. Numerical data on the display panel can be spoken digit by digit or as a complete number. It speaks all key functions: e.g. when the [SIN] key is pressed the calculator says "Sine"; these announcements can be repeated. It also has a built-in clock and alarm function. The volume can be adjusted using a knob.

The language of the Galixa Speech could be choosen between:

bulletGerman
bulletEnglish
bulletFrench
bulletItalian
bulletDutch
bulletSpanish
bulletSwedish
bulletSwabian German

GalaxyTI40_Speech_1.jpg (96992 Byte)From the technical aspects the Galixa Speech followed the approch of the first generation based on the TI-30 Galaxy. Main difference is the connection between the calculator and the custom specific speech electronics, instead a flat ribbon cable a flexible circuit board was choosen.

GalaxyTI40_Speech_PCB.jpg (119609 Byte)Main component in the bottom shell of the base housing is a Z-80 compatible microcontroller HD64180 surrounded by 8 kByte Data memory and 256 kByte combined Program- and Speech-Memory.

EHG Handy Tech Elektronik GmbH  introduced with the Galixa Braille the first scientific calculator with both speech output and a 10-cell braille display. The first calculator with a refreshable braille cell output was the Braillotron TI-2550 II developed by Mr. Schoenherr.

Don't miss other talking calculators like the TI-66 Calcu-Talk and the Orbit TI-34


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Joerg Woerner, December 29, 2002. No reprints without written permission.