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Texas Instruments TI-34 II

Date of introduction:  April 22, 1999
 Available: June 1999
Display technology:  LCD
New price:  $24.95
 ($20.99 in 2003)
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 09 year 2000
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  China (K)
Precision:  11 Integrated circuits:  
Memories:  5    
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

In 1999 the TI-30 line of calculators received a great feature - a 2-line display. The upper entry line displays up to 11 characters and can be scrolled left and right up to 88 characters. The lower result line displays 10 digits of mantissa and 2 digits for the exponent. Compared with the traditional TI-34 the upper line permits to recall the last entry and to correct instantly. 

TI-34-II_PCB.jpg (65716 Byte)Dismantling the TI-34 II reveals with the leading SR-16 designation a hint to its true manufacturer. Kinpo Electronics, Inc. is one of the frontrunner in Taiwan's electronic industry and is doing calculator production for well established companies like Texas Instruments, Hewlett Packard, Casio, Canon and Citizen. Don't miss e.g. the Canon F-604.

The 2-line family covers 5 different calculators, compare them with the following table:

Model

TI-30X IIB TI-30X IIS TI-34 II TI-36X II TI-40 College II
Power CR-2025 Solar + CR-2025 Solar + CR2025 CR-2025 CR-2025
Scientific notation yes yes yes yes no
Engineers mode yes yes no yes no
Memories 5 5 5 5 5
Constant operators 1 1 2 2 2
Integer division no no yes yes yes
pi-symbol yes yes yes yes yes
Conv. and constants 0 0 0 20+15 0
Bool'ean algebra no no yes yes no


Read more about the Logarithm Bug and its side effect on the related yx function present in this calculator. The affected calculators manufactured by Nam Tai Electronics, Inc. and Compal Electronics in December 1999 or before were replaced in an offer running through January 31, 2001.

In 2004 Texas Instruments introduced a new design line with a really prominent name plate and some modern applications like an aluminium bezel around the display. Please start your journey with the new TI-30X IIS.

Stokes Publishing Company, Inc. based in Sunnyvale, California sold a companion for the teacher, view the wonderful TI-34 II Overhead Calculator.

Please remember the Canon Palmtronic MD-8 sporting a two-line display already in 1979.

 

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

Joerg Woerner, December 5, 2001. No reprints without written permission.