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Texas Instruments TI-2600 Personal Banker

Date of introduction:  1987 Display technology:  LCD
New price:  $50.00 (SRP 1988) Display size:  10
Size:  5.4" x 3.0" x 0.6"    
Weight:  4,1 ounces Serial No:  4849
Batteries:  n.a. Date of manufacture:  mth 02 year 1988
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  Taiwan
Precision:  10 Integrated circuits:  Toshiba 
Memories:  1    
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner
    Download manual:   (US: 9.1 MByte)

PersonalBanker_1.jpg (178456 Byte)The Personal Banker followed the BA-SOLAR and uses four different Help Cards to answer financial questions with ease and convenience. 
The picture on the left shows from top to bottom:

bulletLoans and Mortgages (without balloon payment)
bulletSavings (with periodic deposits)
bulletInvestments (without periodic deposits)
bulletLoans and Mortgages (with balloon payment)

These cards could be rearranged if one application is used more often than the others. 

PersonalBanker_2.jpg (133721 Byte)The five financial keys, located on the right side of the calculator, correspond with the values in a financial problem. When a financial key is pressed, a corresponding indicator appears at the bottom of the display, and the number in the display is stored in the financial registers.
Pressing the "SOLVE" key followed by the financial key that represents the unknown value solves the financial problem. With the "RECALL" key followed by a financial key the values from the financial registeres could be reused in other calculations.

PersonalBanker_PCB.jpg (87486 Byte)The internal construction of the Personal Banker is less exciting than expected, a Toshiba calculator circuit on a small printed circuit board (PCB). 

Another approach of a new human interface was developed with the Business Edge in the same year. This financial calculator features five pressure-sensitive areas on the LCD-screen and displays the actual function under these squares. The later SC-10 used the right half of the foldable housing for a lot of scientifical keys. 

Texas Instruments launched in 1987 a very innovative product line with the TI-2400 Phone Bank, TI-2600 Personal Banker, TI-2700 Mini Data Bank, and TI-2800 Paperless Printer followed till 1990 with the TI-2100 Pocket Info, TI-2900 Info Bank, TI-3100 Pocket Dialer, TI-3200 Pro Dialer, and TI-3400 Europa.

If you know the history of Texas Instruments it seems to commemorate the introduction of the TI-2500 Datamath a quarter century ago.

 


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If you have additions to the above article please email: joerg@datamath.org.

Joerg Woerner, July 22, 2002. No reprints without written permission.