Texas Instruments Speak & Read (Type 2)

Date of introduction:  1986 Display technology:  Fluorescent
New price:  Libraries: $17.95 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 16 year 1986
AC-Adapter:  AC9199 Origin of manufacture:  USA
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  TMC0270/CD2705, TMC0280/CD2801, 2*TMC0350 (CD2394, 2395)
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner
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This Speak & Read model from the year 1986 sports a slightly changed keyboard design. View the original Speak & Read here.

Other products in the Speak & line cover spelling words and math. Compare this Speak & Read with both Speak & Spell and Speak & Math

Don't miss the appearance of the Speak & Spell in the movie E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial. Do you know Qubais Reed Ghazala? Get more tunes from your Speak & Read with circuit-bending.

Dismantling this Speak & Read manufactured in April 1986 by Texas Instruments in the United States reveals a design centered around four Integrated Circuits:

TMC0270/CD2705: 4-bit microcontroller with 2k*9 Bits ROM and 9*64 Bits RAM
TMC0280/CD2801: TMS5100 VSP (Voice Synthesis Processor)
TMC0350/CD2394, TMC0350/CD2395: TMS6100 VSM (Voice Synthesis Memory) with 128k Bits, each

An inside view of some dismantled Speak & Spell products could be found here.

Few years later the Super Speak & Read with the position sensitive keyboard technology was introduced.

In 1986 we knew a total of 8 different plug-in modules for the Speak & Read, a comprehensive overview including the wordlists could be found here

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