DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Texas Instruments SR-51 (First Design)
|Date of introduction:||January 1975||Display technology:||LED modules + lens|
|New price:||$224.95, DM 748.00||Display size:||10 + 2|
|Size:|| 5.8" x 3.2" x
147 x 81 x 32 mm3
|Weight:||8.5 ounces, 240 grams||Serial No:||10563|
|Batteries:||BP1||Date of manufacture:||wk 05 year 1975|
|AC-Adapter:||AC9200||Origin of manufacture:||USA|
|Precision:||13||Integrated circuits:||TMC0501, TMS0522, TMC0523|
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
(US: 2.0 MByte)
(US: 12.4 MByte)
With the SR-51 Texas Instruments started a series of scientific calculators that added statistical functions and conversions to the "usual functions". You'll find similar performance and keyboard layout in the line SR-51 -> SR-51A -> SR-51-II -> TI-55 -> TI-55-II -> TI-55-III. But none of them was engineered as perfect as the SR-51. It was built like a tank to survive decades of use as its close relative SR-50. Compared to the previous models the SR-51 got a keyboard design with white, grey, yellow and orange keys and gave an outlook to later TI calculators.
To reduce manufacturing costs and to give a similar appearance to the SR-52 and SR-56 calculators the SR-51 was replaced within a few months with the SR-51A. Logically it's quite rare.
Nevertheless there are two different variants known:
This model from an early production lot uses huge yellow characters for the shifted 2nd-functions while later SR-51 sports a much finer printing. (Kirk B. Muri provided the picture on the right. Thanks!)
Don't miss the rare SR-51 Clear-Case Prototype.
Fellow collector Gary Snyder reported in September 2010 that on the earlier versions the cancel exponent entry label (above the [EE] key) has an overline over the EE text. On the later models the label has a slanted line striking through the text.
SR-51 was introduced in January 1975, nevertheless the firmware of the
calculator was released already three month earlier. Please notice the Date
code 7442 printed on the TMC0523 SCOM (scanning read only memory) chip
storing part of the program of the calculator.
Interesting to know, this calculator works with the PC-100 "Printer Cradle" developed for the SR-52 and SR-56.
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© Joerg Woerner, July 14, 2002. No reprints without written permission.