DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Texas Instruments Computer Fun (United Kingdom)
|Date of introduction:||1990||Display technology:||LCD|
|New price:||Display size:||Graphics|
|Size:||9.5" x 12.5" x 2.5"|
|Weight:||2 pounds 3 ounces||Serial No:||5181571|
|Batteries:||4*AA cells||Date of manufacture:||wk 27 year 1990|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||USA|
|Precision:||Integrated circuits:|| TSP50C44 (CSM44017),
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
else than the British speaking edition of the Computer Fun
introduced two years earlier in the United States.
Please remember that American English and British English are different, e.g. "color and math" vs. "colour and maths". For that reason Texas Instruments developed a new set of Speech-ROMs just for United Kingdom. Everything else is identical with the original US-version of the educational toy.
Dismantling this Computer Fun manufactured in July 1990 by Texas Instruments in the United States for the British speaking market reveals a rather complex printed circuit board (PCB). The design of the Computer Fun is centered around four different Integrated Circuits:
• TSP50C44/CSM44017: TSP50C50 VSP (Voice Synthesis Processor) with 8-bit microcontroller and 16k Bytes Mask ROM for both program and voice and
128 Bytes + 16 Nibbles RAM
• TSP60C19/CMM19040: VSM (Voice Synthesis Memory) with 256k Bits
• Hitachi HD44102: Column Driver for monochrome dot matrix liquid crystal display with 4-bit and 8-bit Interface for up to 50 columns
• Hitachi HD44105: Common (Row) Driver for monochrome dot matrix liquid crystal display with 4-bit and 8-bit Interface for up to 32 rows
The regional definition of the Computer Fun is accomplished with different Mask Versions for the ROMs of both the VSP and VSM:
• American Voice: TSP50C44/CSM44012 and TSP60C19/CMM19006
• British Voice: TSP50C44/CSM44017 and TSP60C19/CMM19040
• German Voice: TSP50C44/CSM44024 and TSP60C19/CMM19xxx
In other countries the Computer Fun got not only other voices, even the keyboard layout changed. Don't miss the German Computer Fun.
Later a similar product was sold with the Mouse
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© Joerg Woerner, July 12, 2005. No reprints without written permission.