Texas Instruments Tipp & Sprich

Date of introduction:  1982 Display technology:  n.a.
New price:   Display size:  
Size:  10.0" x 14.3" x  1.6" 
 254 x 362 x 41 mm3
Weight:  36.5 ounces, 1034 grams Serial No:  
Batteries:  2*D cells Date of manufacture:  wk 31 year 1988
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  USA
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  CD8012, CD2802, CD62172
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner
    Download manuals:   (DE: 3.8M Bytes)
  (DE: 5.8M Bytes)

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

This educational toy was rated by Texas Instruments for children aged between 3 and 6 years compared to the US rating between 2 and 5 years.

Dismantling this Tipp & Sprich manufactured in July 1988 by Texas Instruments in the United States reveals a design centered around three Integrated Circuits:

CD8012: 4-bit TMS1100 microcontroller with 2k Bytes ROM and 128*4 Bits RAM
TMC0280/CD2802: TMS5110A VSP (Voice Synthesis Processor)
TMC0350/CD62172: VSM (Voice Synthesis Memory) with 128k Bits Capacity

The next evolution step is the Lesefreund introducing two position sensitive keyboards in a foldable housing to accept small booklets.

Texas Instruments stopped the development of this educational line in 1993 with the cute Teddy, der sprechende Baer.

The Tipp & Sprich stores more voices that any other Touch & Tell variation in its internal memory. We noticed the following overlay panels: a,b,c,d,2a,2b,2c,2d,3a,3b,3c,3d,4a,4b.

The Tipp & Sprich is featured in the Texas Instruments Deutschland GmbH leaflet Spielen macht schlau dated 1991.


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