Texas Instruments Grillo Parlante Piu

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 19 year 1991
AC-Adapter:  AC9199 Origin of manufacture:  USA
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  TSP50C42 (CSM42030),
 TSP60C19 (CMM19035),
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

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

The English speaking sibbling of this Italian talking Grillo Parlante Piu was called Super Speak & Spell, too. In France we know the La Super Dictée Magique and in Italy the Grillo Parlante Piu. With the El Loro Parlanchin and El Loro Profesor two Spanish versions were introduced.

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

The main differences between the different Super Speak & Spell sibblings are the Speech-ROM's:

bullet La Super Dictée Magique: TSP50C42, CMM19031
bulletGrillo Parlante Piu: TSP50C42/CSM42030, CMM19035
bulletEl Loro Parlanchin: TSP50C42/CSM42031, CMM19036
bulletSuper Speak & Spell (91): TSP50C42/CSM42030, CMM19048
bulletEl Loro Profesor: TSP50C42/CSM42031, CMM19054

The toy is intended for players ages 6 to 11.

One Grillo Parlante Piu Cartridge Library is known:

Name Grade Words Description Module Wordlist
No1   200 Contains words in everyday use. Helps to master the spelling of a basic Italian vocabulary. GrilloParlantePiu_Module.jpg (104294 Byte)
(IT: 3.3 MByte)

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