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Texas Instruments TI-34 MultiView™ 

Date of introduction:  May 9, 2007
 Available: Feb. 21, 2008
Display technology:  LCD dot matrix
New price:  $19.99 (SRP 2008) Display size:  4 * 16 characters
 (5 * 19 for menus)
Size:  6.5" x 3.1" x 0.6"
 166 x 79 x 16 mm³
   
Weight:  3.7 ounces, 104 grams Serial No:  
Batteries:  Solar cells + CR2032 Date of manufacture:  mth 01 year 2008
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  China (N)
Precision:  13 Integrated circuits:  
Memories:  7    
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

TI-34MV_P1.jpg (371346 Byte)Texas Instruments announced in May 2007 with the TI-34 MultiView the successor of its long lasting TI-34 II introduced already in 1999 and slightly redesigned in 2004. 

Due to some design problems with the calculator it took until February 2008 before the TI-34 MultiView arrived together with the TI-Collège Plus finally in the store shelves. Don't miss one of the pre-series TI-34 MultiView.

TI-34MV_Disp1.jpg (44470 Byte)TI-34MV_Disp2.jpg (44401 Byte)Instead of the then novel 2-line display the TI-34 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. 

In addition to this so called "MathPrint" mode the calculator sports a TI-34 II compatible "Classic" mode.

Compared with the original TI-34 II, we notice some major improvements:

Classic (compatible with TI-34 II) 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
Toggle key fractions and decimals
Equation entries up to 80 digits

TI-34MV_PCB.jpg (237611 Byte)TI-34MV_Back.jpg (163216 Byte)Dismantling the TI-34 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 featured calculator was manufactured by Nam Tai Electronics, Inc., a well-known company with OEM calculator production facilities in Shenzen, China.

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

To reduce theft of school-owned calculators, Texas Instruments introduced the EZ-Spot Teacher Packs with a bright, easy-to-spot, "school bus yellow" back cover and slide case. In In addition, each unit's faceplate is inscribed with the words, "SCHOOL PROPERTY."

Don't miss the battery powered TI-30XB MultiView and its solar-cells operated sibbling TI-30XS MultiView sold since July 2007.

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 2013 the original TI-Collège Plus was replaced with the TI-Collège Plus Solaire and uses an identical design with the TI-34 MultiView.


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© Joerg Woerner, April 22, 2008. No reprints without written permission.