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Texas Instruments TI-59 KODAK Q-700 Program Adapter

Date of introduction:  1979 Display technology:  LED-stick
New price:   Display size:  10 (8 + 2)
Size:  6.7" x 3.4" x 1.6"
 172 x 87 x 40 mm3
   
Weight:  9.8 ounces, 278 grams Serial No:  1446174
Batteries:  BP1A Date of manufacture:  wk 15 year 1980
AC-Adapter:  AC9131 Origin of manufacture:  USA (ATA)
Precision:  13 Integrated circuits:  TMC0501E, TMC0582, TMC0583, TMC0571, TMC0594, 4*TMC0598
Memories:  0-100    
Program steps:  960-160 Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

TI-59_KodakQ_Back.jpg (340297 Byte)When Texas Instruments launched in May 1977 the TI-58 and TI-59 programmable calculators, they opened the way for dozens of application specific solutions using the new Solid State Software Modules™ with up to 5000 program steps. 

TI-59_KodakQ_1.jpg (268801 Byte)Eastman Kodak Company, headquarted in Rochester, New York, introduced already in 1979 this Q-700 Program Adapter for a print press. It is not difficult to recognize the TI-59 hidden by a snap-on protection cover. Please notice that the keyboard looks at first glance like a touch-sensitive design, but it is nothing else than a very thin plastic layer. Both the [On/Off] switch and the display are accessible through simple openings in the protection cover.

TI-59_KodakQ_Module_PCB.jpg (55228 Byte)TI-59_KodakQ_Module.jpg (60165 Byte)This Kodak Q-700 Program Adapter makes use of a customized Solid State Software Module™ developed in 1979, nevertheless states the snap-on protection cover a copyright date of 1981.

We know five different approaches of the customizing and module expansion:

bulletStandard modules like the Master Library use only the small sticker above
the A,B,C,D, and E keys.
bulletOther modules like the COMPEG 2001 payroll computing system developed 
by Reynolds and Reynolds make use of a colorful keyboard mask.
bulletCustomized calculators like the USMC AV-8C calculator or insurance calculators
sold by Allianz and others use special keyboard arrangements.
bulletThe CAL-Q-TAX calculator uses an extender instead the usual drop-in modules.
bulletThis Kodak Q-700 Program Adapter makes use of a snap-on cover with an
individualized printing.

TI-59_KodakQ_PCB.jpg (360781 Byte)Dismantling the Kodak Q-700 Program Adapter reveals a standard TI-59 calculator manufactured in April 1980.

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