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Texas Instruments Electronic Passport to the World

Date of introduction:  1991 Display technology:  
New price:  $40.00 (1992) Display size:  n.a.
Size:  7.8" x 5.2" x  1.7" 
 198 x 132 x 42 mm3
   
Weight:  9.0 ounces, 254 grams Serial No:  
Batteries:  4*AA cells Date of manufacture:  wk 21 year 1992
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  USA
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  TSP50C11 (CMM11039),
 TSP60C81 (CMM81006)
Memories:      
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner
    Download manual:   (US: 1.4M Bytes)

Passport_Box.jpg (62375 Byte)You are right, this is definite not an electronic calculator. This Passport to the World board game in its huge 12.5" x 19.5" x 3.0" box demonstrates the possibilities of the speech technology introduced with the Speak & Spell and later improved and cost-optimized with the Super Speak & Spell.

Passport_Board.jpg (133081 Byte)The picture at the right gives you an impression of the 24" x 19" global board, the small airplanes and the passport stamps you get in addition to the PASSPORT Flight Computer. This computer stores more than 10000 questions related to the 6 areas of the earth. The computer may ask you: What is the language spoken in Madrid? Chinese? English? Spanish?  If your answer is correct, you'll get one of the passport stamps otherwise you will loose one. Ages 9 and up.

Dismantling this PASSPORT Flight Computer manufactured in May 1992 by Texas Instruments in the United States reveals a printed circuit board (PCB) with a very cost effective design.

The single sided PCB is centered around just two Integrated Circuits:

TSP50C11/CMM11039: TSP50C50 VSP (Voice Synthesis Processor) with 8-bit microcontroller and 16k Bytes Mask ROM for both program and voice and 128 Bytes + 16 Nibbles Bits RAM
TSP60C81/CMM81006: VSM (Voice Synthesis Memory) with 1024k Bits

Don't miss some toys for toddlers using similar technology: The Discovery Depot, Listen & Learn, Magic Clown, Magic Sorter, My Own Playphone and the Talking Storytime Sorter.

The Passport to the World game is featured in the Texas Instruments Incorporated leaflet Follow the Learning Path dated 1991.

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

Joerg Woerner, December 5, 2001. No reprints without written permission.