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Texas Instruments TI-36X SOLAR

Date of introduction:  May 2004 Display technology:  LCD
New price:  $19.99 (SRP 2008) Display size:  10 + 2
Size:  5.9" x 3.0" x 0.50"    
Weight:  2.9 ounces Serial No:  
Batteries:  n.a. Date of manufacture:  mth 03 year 2004
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  China (N)
Precision:  12 Integrated circuits:  
Memories:  3    
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

Texas Instruments introduced in 1996 a calculator line with a smooth design covering 5 different products:

TI-30Xa
TI-30Xa Solar
TI-36X Solar 
BA Real Estate
BA-35 Solar

During the life cycle of the calculators some variations appeared on the market, don't miss the TI-30 eco RS and TI-36 eco RS introduced in Germany around 1999. In 2004 we noticed some slight changes in the printing of the TI-30XA and TI-30 ECO RS

Without any announcement Wal-Mart and other US department stores started in May 2004 the distribution of this all-new TI-36X SOLAR. Even the official TI website missed end of May any pictures of this wonderful calculator.

The design line fits with the BA II PLUS Professional and TI-1706SV.

TI-36X_Solar_2004_1.jpg (19586 Byte)The protective cover for backpack and briefcase completes the design style of the TI-36X SOLAR. Please notice that the small window in the cover for the nameplate of the calculator known from the TI-1706SV is missing. 

TI-36X_Solar_2004_PCB.jpg (62977 Byte)The internal construction of the TI-36X SOLAR is more or less identical with its predecessor and uses still the "chip-on-board" or COB-technolog. The calculator chip is attached direct on the printed circuit board and connected with small bond-wires. A small blob of epoxy resin on top finishes the construction.

Read more about the Logarithm Bug and its side effect on the related yx function present in this calculator.

Don't miss the TI-36X II with a two-line display redesigned in 2004, too.

horizontal rule

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

Joerg Woerner, June 8, 2004. No reprints without written permission.