Texas Instruments La Lecture Magique

Date of introduction:  1988 Display technology:  n.a.
New price:   Display size:  
Size:  12.0" x 21.5" x 1.7"    
Weight:  2 pounds 13 ounces Serial No:  
Batteries:  4*AA cells Date of manufacture:  wk 07 year 1991
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  USA
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  TSP50C42 (CSM42025),
 TSP60C19 (CMM19015),
 TSP60C19 (CMM19019)
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner
    Download manual:   (FR: 9.3M Bytes)

Nothing else than the French edition of the Super Speak & Read and the Ready...Set...Read! game.

The picture on the left side displays the game in the closed state. Find a picture of the opened toy here.

LaLectureMagique_PCB.jpg (64716 Byte)Dismantling the featured La Lecture Magique manufactured in February 1991 by Texas Instruments in the United States reveals a very efficient internal construction centered around a TSP50C4X Speech Synthesizer and supported with two TSP60C19 Speech-ROMs compared to the TSP60C80 located in the original Ready...Set...Read!.

We located on the double-sided printed circuit board (PCB) three Integrated Circuits:

TSP50C42/CSM42025: 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/CMM19015: VSM (Voice Synthesis Memory) with 256k Bits
TSP60C19/CMM19019: VSM (Voice Synthesis Memory) with 256k Bits

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

Three different modules with a total of 18 booklets are known:

Name Books Words Description Module Word List
Basic set
Module d'Extension No1
8..12    8: La course
 9: Les moutons musiciens
10: Grand-mère
11: Amandine est malade
12: Boucle d'Or
LaLectureMagique_N1_Module.jpg (67228 Byte)  
Reading Fun 2 Expansion Pack

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