DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Texas Instruments TI-5038
|Date of introduction:||1988||Display technology:||LCD|
|New price:||Display size:||8 + 6 lines * 8|
|Size:||7.5" x 7.7" x 3.2"|
|Weight:||15 ounces||Serial No:|
|Batteries:||3*AA||Date of manufacture:||mth 09 year 1989|
|AC-Adapter:||AC9175||Origin of manufacture:||Taiwan|
|Precision:||8||Integrated circuits:||Toshiba T7724, UM6116|
|Memories:||1 + 99 lines|
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
|Download manual:||(EU: 7.9 MByte)|
The TI-5038 continued a revolutionary concept introduced already in the year 1987: The TI-2800 Paperless Printer! The calculator works like the known printing desktops e.g. the TI-5130. All calculations are done on the main display. Instead the usual printout on a paper the results are scrolled through a secondary display with 6 lines. A maximum of 99 lines could be stored and scrolled up and down with the arrow keys.
The TI-5038 II looks similar but changed the specification: The display size was reduced to 4 lines of 10 digits and the storage capacity decreased to 45 lines.
Later similar calculators with smaller housings like the TI-5028 or more conventional design like the TI-5128 appeared.
Production of the TI-5038 was shifted to Malaysia about 1992.
The design of the TI-5038 matches with the TI-5021 introduced in the same year.
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© Joerg Woerner, December 5, 2001. No reprints without written permission.