Texas Instruments La Balle Magique "Les Animaux De La Ferme"

Date of introduction:  1991 Display technology:  
New price:   Display size:  n.a.
Size:  6.1" x 6.1" x  6.1" 
 155 x 155 x 155 mm3
Weight:  18.7 ounces, 530 grams Serial No:  
Batteries:  4*AA cells Date of manufacture:  mth 04 year 1992
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  China (A)
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

Nothing else than a French speaking Listen & Learn Farm Animals

Dismantling a similar Magic Melody manufactured in 1992 by (or for) Texas Instruments in China reveals a technology very similar to the various Touch & Talkies. The design of the Magic Melody Tell is centered around a TSP50C11 Voice Synthesis Processor (VSP) and makes use of just one Integrated Circuit:

TSP50C11/CSM11XXX: 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

Don't miss the German Magic-Ball using the same yellow housing.

The toy is intended for toddlers ages 6 to 36 month.

The la Balle Magique is featured in the Texas Instruments France SA leaflet Magiques et Intelligents dated 1991.

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Joerg Woerner, January 30, 2005. No reprints without written permission.