Texas Instruments TI-Primaire Plus (Engineering Validation Test)

Date of introduction:  February 2014
 Available: June 2014
Display technology:  LCD dot matrix
New price:   Display size:  2 * 11 characters
Size:  6.8" x 3.2" x 0.6"
 172 x 81 x 14 mm³
Weight:  3.4 ounces, 97 grams Serial No:  K-EVT-199
Batteries:  2*CR2032 Date of manufacture:  year 2014
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  China (K)
Precision:  13 Integrated circuits:  
Memories:  1    
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Xavier Andréani

Texas Instruments introduced in 2014 with the TI-Primaire Plus in France the successor of the Galaxy 10. Matching the design of the TI-106 II and the technology of the TI-30XS MultiView the TI-Primaire Plus is a very capable calculator for young students.

Like the original Galaxy 10 introduced already in 1988 allows the TI-Primaire Plus fractional arithmetic. You can use two different modes:

Euklid's division: 23 / 4 = 5 (Q)  3 (R)
Fractional division: 23 / 4 = 5_3/4

With the SIMP and F-D-key you can shorten results and convert between fractional and decimal display:

35/70 SIMP 1/2  F-D 0.5

The TI-Primaire Plus features an interesting dot matrix display with 2 rows of 11 characters using each 5 * 7 addressable pixels allowing the calculator to display results as they would be printed in a text book. 

Dismantling this TI-Primaire Plus with the serial number K-EVT-199 (K for Kinpo electronics, Inc. and EVT for Engineering Validation Test) 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.

Don't miss the next evolution of the TI-Primaire Plus.

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