Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS (Wal-Mart, Best Buy)

Date of introduction:  July 2008 Display technology:  LCD
New price:  Wal-Mart: $14.58
 Best Buy: $12.99
Display size:  11 characters and 10 +2
Size:  6.1" x 3.2" x 0.6"
 154 x 83 x 15 mm
Weight:  3.3 ounces, 94 grams Serial No:  
Batteries:  Solar cells + CR2025 (60A) Date of manufacture:  mth 04 year 2008
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  China (N)
Precision:  13 Integrated circuits:  
Memories:  5    
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

This TI-30X IIS was manufactured by Nam Tai Electronics, Inc. for the consumer electronics retailer Best Buy. It was released for the Back-to-School 2008 campaign together with a purple and a blue TI-84 Plus Silver Edition. 
Wal-Mart, the largest grocery retailer in the United States, introduced in 2008 an identical TI-30X IIS together with a translucent TI-84 Plus, a red TI-84 Plus Silver Edition and a beautiful blue TI-84 Plus Silver Edition. 

TI-30XIIS_BPK2008_PCB.jpg (280348 Byte)TI-30XIIS_BPK2008_Back.jpg (239764 Byte)Disassembling this model of the TI-30X IIS manufactured April 2008 reveals a well known internal construction. We discovered already in 2004 with Inventec Shanghai, Kinpo Electronics, Inc. and Nam Tai Electronics, Inc. three different contract manufacturers for the TI-30X IIS. Comparing two calculators with datecodes N-0204 and N-0408 yields no significant differences. 

Please remember the purple TI-30X IIS introduced already in 2003 by U.S. retailer Wal-Mart.

TI-30XIIS_WPK2009_P1.jpg (290853 Byte)Wal-Mart continued to offer this pink TI-30X IIS - with an even lower sales price of $12.00 - for the Back-to-School 2009 campaign, while Best Buy dropped the product. Don't miss the dark-blue TI-30X IIS sold in 2009 by Staples, Wal-Mart and Meijer.

Wal-Mart introduced for the Back-to-School 2010 campaign the TI-30X IIS in three fresh colors (pink, blue and green), while this design from 2008 was reused by six retailers: Office Depot, Staples, Office Max, Fred Meyer, Meijer and Shopko. This defines leader and followers... 


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Joerg Woerner, August 20, 2008. No reprints without written permission.