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Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus.fr
|Date of introduction:||June 2013||Display technology:||LCD dot matrix|
|New price:||Display size:||8 * 16 characters|
|Size:|| 7.5" x 3.3" x
190 x 84 x 22 mm3
|Weight:||7.4 ounces, 208 grams||Serial No:||1014027440|
|Batteries:||4*AAA + SR44 (35mA)||Date of manufacture:||mth 03 year 2013|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||China (K)|
|Precision:||14||Integrated circuits:|| ASIC: TI REF 84PLCR/TA1
Display: Novatek NT7564H
|Program steps:||24k Bytes, 1.5M Bytes Flash ROM||Courtesy of:||Xavier Andréani|
Texas Instruments introduced in 2013 the successor of the original TI-83 Plus.fr introduced already in 2008. The new design makes use of the housing of the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition with its snap-on faceplates. We know a similar story with the TI-73 Explorer introduced in 2006 and its successor TI-73 Explorer from 2009.
Compared with the original TI-83
Plus.fr introduced already in 2008 sports this design the housing of the
TI-84 Plus Silver Edition with its
snap-on faceplates. We know a similar story
with the TI-73 Explorer introduced in 2006
and its successor TI-73 Explorer from
Dismantling this TI-83 Plus.fr manufactured in March 2013 by Kinpo Electronics, Inc. reveals a major surprise using not only the design but even the components and Operating System of the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition. Please remember that the Prototypes of the TI-83 Plus.fr were based on the recent TI-84 Plus. We located on the printed circuit board (PCB) of the TI-83 Plus.fr three main components:
|• TI REF 84PLCR/TA1: Z80 microprocessor, RAM, USB-Port
and supporting logic
• Macronix MX29LV160: 2M Bytes Flash ROM
• Novatek NT7564H: Single-chip 64*120 pixel display driver
picture on the right gives an enhanced view of the ASIC that clocks the Z80
microprocessor with 15 MHz and incorporates the RAM, USB-Port and logic. Learn more about the Hardware Architecture of TI’s Graphing Calculators. Please
notice the smaller package of the new TI REF 84PLCR/TA1 ASIC compared with the
previous TI REF 83PLUSB/TA2 or TI REF 84PLUSB/TA3 found in the TI-84 Plus family
manufactured between 2004 and 2007.
Recently members of the Graphing Calculator Programming community under the lead of Xavier Andréani made a very interesting discovery:
|• All TI-84 Plus / S.E. with the TA2 or TA3 ASIC have access
to 128k Bytes RAM.
• All TI-84 Plus / S.E. with the TA1 ASIC have access to only 48k Bytes RAM using
the same assembly commands.
TI-83 Plus.fr manufactured in March 2013 makes use of
one Macronix Flash-ROM with 2M Bytes capacity compared to just 1M Bytes of the
TI-83 Plus.fr prototypes.
The driver circuit of the LC-Display was traditionally manufactured by Toshiba for Texas Instruments' graphing calculators. This TI-83 Plus.fr manufactured in March 2013 shows with the Novatek NT7564H a one-by-one replacement. It is just a bare chip mounted on a flexible piece of circuit board attached between the display and the main PCB.
A serial port of the calculators allows the connection to the Calculator-Based Laboratory system CBL, its successor CBL 2, the Calculator-Based Ranger CBR and its successor CBR 2.
2.55MP (January 11, 2011, actual in August 2013)
You can check the ROM version of your TI-83 Plus.fr using the following key sequence and reading the number on your screen:
[2nd] [MEM] 
Information provided by ticalc.org and Xavier Andréani.
The TI-83 Plus.fr is permitted (as of August 15, 2013) for use on SAT, ACT, PSAT and AP exams.
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