Texas Instruments El Loro Parlanchín

Date of introduction:  1991 Display technology:  LCD
New price:   Display size:  9 alphanumeric
Size:  10.0" x 7.0" x  1.3" 
 254 x 177 x 34 mm3
Weight:  16.7 ounces, 474 grams Serial No:  
Batteries:  4*C cells Date of manufacture:  wk 32 year 1991
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  USA
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  TSP50C42 (CSM42031),
 TSP60C19 (CMM19036),
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

This wonderful hybrid uses the housing of the original Speak & Spell from 1980 with the modern electronics of the first Super Speak & Spell

The English speaking sibling of this Spanish talking El Loro Parlanchin was called Super Speak & Spell, too.

ElLoroParlanchin_PCB.jpg (156381 Byte)Dismantling this El Loro Parlanchin manufactured in August 1991 by Texas Instruments in the United States reveals a very well engineered printed circuit board (PCB) with three Integrated Circuits:

TSP50C42/CSM42031: TSP50C50 VSP (Voice Synthesis Processor) with 8-bit microcontroller and 8k Bytes Mask ROM for both program and voice and 128 Bytes + 16 Nibbles RAM
TSP60C19/CMM19036: VSM (Voice Synthesis Memory) with 256k Bits
Hitachi HD44780: LCD Controller for monochrome dot matrix liquid crystal display with 8-bit Interface

The main differences between the different Super Speak & Spell siblings are the Speech-ROMs:

La Super Dictée Magique: TSP50C42/CSM42027, CMM19031
Grillo Parlante Piu: TSP50C42/CSM42030, CMM19035
El Loro Parlanchin: TSP50C42/CSM42031, CMM19036
Super Speak & Spell (91): TSP50C42/CSM42030, CMM19048
El Loro Profesor: TSP50C42/CSM42031, CMM19054

The toy is intended for players ages 6 to 11.

We know with El Loro Profesor a second Spansih speaking version of the Super Speak & Spell. From the manufacturing codes we assume that the El Loro Profesor is the successor of the El Loro Parlanchin. 

A similar product was introduced in France with the La Super Dictée Magique and in Italy with the Grillo Parlante Piu.

Tired of the blue line? Believe it or not, customers in China enjoyed already in 1990 their own "Professor" in bright red colors.

One El Loro Parlanchin Cartridge Library is known:

Name Grade Words Description Module Word List
Modulo de Extension No1     not available  

Please find the manuals of the listed modules in the Download Section of the Datamath Calculator Museum.

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© Joerg Woerner, May 6, 2007. No reprints without written permission.