DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Texas Instruments TI-Nspire CX
|Date of introduction:|| February 25, 2011
Available: May 2011
|Display technology:|| LCD dot matrix
16-bit color, backlit
|New price:|| $154.99 (SRP 2011)
$165.00 (SRP 2013)
|Display size:||240 * 320 pixels|
|Size:|| 7.5" x 3.4" x 0.65"
190 x 87 x 16 mm3
|Weight:||8.5 ounces, 242 grams||Serial No:||2088012637|
|Batteries:||3.7L1230SP Li-Ion||Date of manufacture:||mth 08 year 2011 (C)|
|AC-Adapter:||AC9211U||Origin of manufacture:||China (P)|
|Precision:||14||Integrated circuits:||CPU: ET-LC2010B-0 (T6UJ1XBG-0002)|
|Program steps:||100M Bytes, 64M Bytes Flash-ROM||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
Texas Instruments introduced at the 2011 T3 International Conference held on February 25-27 in San Antonio, TX with the TI-Nspire CX and TI-Nspire CX CAS their first graphing calculators with full color, backlit displays. Since its introduction in 2007 the original TI-Nspire with Clickpad received quite some criticism and it took just two steps in evolution to overcome them completely:
• Crowded, confusing keyboard: Introduction of the TI-Nspire with Touchpad in April 2010.
• High consumption of disposable AAA batteries: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery available as
option for the TI-Nspire with Touchpad.
• Low-contrast of the display and rather bulky housing: Announcement of the TI-Nspire CX in February 2011.
• Lack of 3D graphing: Upgrade of all TI-Nspire calculators to Operating System 3.0 (April 2011).
But there is no free lunch, the new TI-Nspire CX handhelds
shed some size and reveals an outstanding design but the concept of replaceable
keyboards are gone – and with it the TI-84 Plus
The TI-Nspire CX and its sibling TI-Nspire CX CAS feature a 16-bit, 320 x 240 backlit display capable of 65,536 colors. The scanning process used for the images provided by the Datamath Calculator Museum can’t reproduce the one-of-a-kind quality of the calculator screen and we had to invest in some new equipment to photograph it accordingly.
Casio introduced already in October 1985 with the
fx-7000G the world’s first graphing
calculator and created in 1996 with the CFX-9850G a variation with a 3-color
screen, but it took till January 2011 to reveal with the Casio Prizm (fx-CG10,
fx-CG20) the first models with a high-resolution (384 x 216 pixels) full color
Texas Instruments announced together with the TI-Nspire CX family a new Wireless Network Adapter to connect the calculators with the TI-Nspire Navigator system. A huge progress compared with the previous TI-Nspire Wireless Cradle used for the original TI-Nspire calculators.
The TI-Nspire CX Docking Station
charges up to 10 units in 6 hours. It can also be used to update the Operating
Systems of the calculators.
The new TI-Nspire Operating System 3.0 allows not only 3D graphing but the import of real-world images to view, graph and analyze for example the outline of the path of a basketball. The new OS is compatible with the original TI-Nspire calculators, too. Obviously it will display color images only in grayscale. The new TI-Nspire Lab Cradle requires the new Operating System 3.0 (introduced in May 2011) or higher.
reduce theft of school-owned TI-Nspire CX's a
"school bus yellow" edition will be available.
• TI-Nspire CX
18.104.22.1681 (May 2011)
Boot1 Code Version: 3.0.99
Boot2 Code Version: 3.0.127
22.214.171.1242 (September 2011)
126.96.36.1992 (June 2012)
188.8.131.529 (June 2012)
184.108.40.2063 (December 2012)
You can check the ROM version of your TI-Nspire CX using the following key sequence and reading the number on your screen:
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Since the TI-Nspire CX lacks a QWERTY keyboard it is permitted (as of March 10, 2011) for use on SAT, ACT, PSAT and AP exams.
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