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Texas Instruments Fonillo Suonaparla

Date of introduction:  1986 Display technology:  
New price:   Display size:  n.a.
Size:  9.1" x 11.1" x  1.2" 
 231 x 282 x 30 mm3
    
Weight:  18.2 ounces, 515 grams Serial No:  348A
Batteries:  4*AA cells Date of manufacture:  mth 07 year 1987
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  Italy
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  TMP50C40A (CD54169),
 CF60034
Memories:      
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

This funny synthesizer based product from Texas Instruments generates a lot of different sounds and stores them into an internal memory to replay. 

GrilloFonillo_PCB.jpg (56318 Byte)Dismantling this Fonillo Suonoparla manufactured in February 1987 by Texas Instruments in their Rieti, Italy facility for the Italian market reveals a compact design centered around just two Integrated Circuits:

TMP50C40A/CD54169: TSP50C50 VSP (Voice Synthesis Processor) with 8-bit microcontroller and 8k Bytes Mask ROM for both program and voice and 32 Bytes RAM
CF60034: Not yet discovered, probably a Port-Expander for the VSP

This educational toy is very similar to the Speak & Music but uses an Italian speaking voice.

The Fonillo Suonoparla was distributed in the 80s like some other Texas Instruments products by Clementoni



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If you have additions to the above article please email: joerg@datamath.org.

Joerg Woerner, March 16, 2004. No reprints without written permission.