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Texas Instruments Libro Parlante

Date of introduction:  1982 Display technology:  n.a.
New price:   Display size:  
Size:  10" x 14.5" x 1.6"    
Weight:  2 pounds 4 ounces Serial No:  
Batteries:  2*D cells Date of manufacture:  wk 45 year 1982
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  Italy
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  CD8012, CD2802
 Module: CD62176
Memories:      
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

Nothing else than a Touch & Tell with Italian voices stored in the Speech-ROM.

The Libro Parlante was distributed in the 80s like some other Texas Instruments products by Clementoni

LibroParlante_PCB.jpg (108105 Byte)The pictured Libro Parlante was manufactured already in 1982 and makes use of a simple approach: The printed circuit board (PCB) is identical with the Touch & Tell introduced one year earlier but lacks the Speech-ROM. Instead of it the Expansion Port of the toy is populated with a small, white module.

LibroParlante_Module.jpg (10663 Byte)This module looks like the well known Expansion-ROM's of the original Touch & Tell. 

LibroParlante_Module_1.jpg (22237 Byte)Removing the cover of the module reveals with the
TMC0350 (CD62176) the well known Voice Synthesis Memory (VSM) family introduced with the first version of the Speak & Spell. The "Custom Design 62176" holds obviously the Italian voice of the Libro Parlante.

Later models of the Libro Parlante include the same Speech-ROM on the main printed circuit board (PCB).

The next evolution step is the more advanced SuperLibro Parlante.


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

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