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Texas Instruments TI-30XS MultiView™

Date of introduction:  May 9, 2007
 Available: Jun. 4, 2007
Display technology:  LCD dot matrix
New price:  $19.99,  €24.99
 $15.99 (SRP 2008)
Display size:  4 * 16 characters
 (5 * 19 for menus)
Size:  6.8" x 3.2" x 0.6"
 172 x 83 x 15 mm³
   
Weight:  4.2 ounces, 120 grams Serial No:  
Batteries:  Solar cells + CR2032 Date of manufacture:  mth 05 year 2007
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  China (K)
Precision:  13 Integrated circuits:  
Memories:  7    
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

TI-30XS_MV_1.jpg (307845 Byte)Texas Instruments announced in May 2007 with the TI-30XS MultiView the successor of its long lasting TI-30X IIS introduced already in 1999 and slightly redesigned in 2004. 

Instead of the then novel 2-line display the TI-30XS MultiView and its battery only powered sibling TI-30XB MultiView features a dot matrix display with 31 * 96 addressable pixels allowing the calculator to display equations as they would be printed in a text book. 

TI-30XS_MV_Disp1.jpg (30247 Byte)TI-30XS_MV_Disp2.jpg (31291 Byte)In addition to this so called "MathPrint" mode the calculator sports a TI-30X IIS compatible "Classic" mode.

Compared with the original TI-30X IIS, in the US the quasi-standard for pupils, we notice more bang (typical street price $15.95 in June 1997, WalMart $14.96) for the bucks: 

Classic (compatible with TI-30X IIS) and MathPrint Mode 
EOS with 8 pending operations and 23 levels of parentheses
7 memory variables x, y, z, t, a, b, c
Data editor and list formulas:  3 lists, each up to 42 items
Function table
Toggle key fractions and decimals
Equation entries up to 80 digits

TI-30XS_MV_PCB.jpg (340261 Byte)Dismantling the TI-30XS MultiView reveals a pretty common construction with two printed circuit boards (PCB's). The main PCB hides the single-chip calculating circuit under a small protection blob of black epoxy and drives the graphing display with a heat sealed fine-pitch connector. The keyboard makes use of a much simpler second PCB and a heat sealed connector, too. The prominent SR-21 designation on the main PCB proves that this calculator was manufactured by Kinpo Electronics, Inc., a famous company located in Taiwan and doing calculator production for well established companies like Texas Instruments, Hewlett Packard, Casio, Canon and Citizen. 

Please compare the TI-30XS MultiView with its competitors Canon F-718SG, Casio fx-300ES, Citizen SR-270X aka Ativa AT-30SX, Hewlett-Packard SmartCalc 300s, and Sharp EL-W535.

Texas Instruments sells the TI-30XS MV Teacher Kit including 10 calculators and a simple storage caddy for $199.99. To reduce theft of this new school-owned TI-30XS MultiView calculator, the EZ-Spot calculators feature a bright, easy-to-spot, "school bus yellow" back cover and slide case. In addition, each unit's faceplate is inscribed with the words, "SCHOOL PROPERTY."

Office products retailer Office Depot released for the Back-to-School 2011 campaign a pink edition of the TI-30XS MultiView.

Don't miss the TI-34 MultiView and the TI-Collège Plus.

Stokes Publishing Company, Inc. based in Sunnyvale, California sold a companion for the teacher, view the wonderful TI-30XS MultiView Overhead Calculator.

Texas Instruments announced on March 1st, 2010 the TI-84 Plus Operating System version 2.53MP with MathPrint™ mode for free download. The OS 2.53MP enables users to input and view math symbols and formulas, including stacked fractions, in their handhelds exactly as the equations appear in textbooks. In September 2010 the TI-30X Pro MultiView was introduced but withdrawn within a few weeks.

Price survey as of August 1, 2007:

A small "Back-to-School 2007" price survey in Rochester, NY returned for the TI-30X IIS and TI-30XS MultiView:

Store TI-30X IIS TI-30XS MultiView
Office Depot $14.99  
Staples $11.99 $17.99
Target $13.98 $14.99
WalMart $14.58 $14.96

Please notice that in Germany the TI-30XS Multiview was sold in August 2007 around EUR 24.95, that time almost $33.00.

Find here the original press release dated May 9, 2007:

Added Capabilities Improve Visualization of Patterns to Enhance Understanding of Concepts

DALLAS, May 9 /PRNewswire/

Texas Instruments, the leader in educational technology, announces the TI-30XS MultiView™ scientific calculator, available in time for the 2007 school year. Designed with educators, the TI- 30XS MultiView has the familiar capabilities of TI scientific calculators plus a host of powerful enhancements to increase students' understanding of math concepts.

The TI-30XS MultiView makes the transition from scientific to graphing calculators more seamless with key layout and groupings and list functionality -- similar to features on TI graphing calculators, such as the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition.

"The TI-30XS MultiView allows students to visualize the problems in the same format as we discuss them in class," said Stacey Caruso-Sharpe, a middle school math educator at Lynch Middle School in New York. "Fractions are more realistic, pi can be left as a variable and students can work with tables of value, increasing their comprehension of algebraic relationships. All of these features increase students' understanding of the math concepts being taught."

Features

The TI-30XS MultiView adds new capabilities to help improve students' visualization of math concepts. Key enhancements include a four-line display that allows students to see up to four calculations and answers, compare results and explore patterns on the same screen. This new feature also gives students the ability to scroll through previous entries in order to view and paste previous entries into new calculations.

The product also has a toggle key to help students see outcomes in different representations by changing answers between fractions, pi terms, square root expressions and decimal format. Using the MATHPRINT mode, including symbolic pi, stacked fractions, exponents and exact square roots, students see the same proper math notations as typically written by teachers on the whiteboard or outlined in a textbook.

Additional features include:

Easy to read and navigate pull-down menus similar to those on a graphing calculator
All mode settings located in one central menu
Fraction computations and explorations can be viewed and performed in a familiar textbook format
Scientific notations appear with the proper superscripted exponents 
Simple exploration of a (x,y) table of values for a given function, either automatically or by entering specific x values. 

The TI-30XS MultiView comes packaged with a snap-on protective hard case, non-skid rubber feet and hard plastic, color-coded keys.

Availability

The product will be available at mass merchandisers and electronics retailers this year in time for back to school.

Visit http://education.ti.com/educationportal/sites/US/productDetail/us_ti30xs_mv.html for more information.



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