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Texas Instruments TI-83 PLUS Silver Edition ViewScreen™
|Date of introduction:||2001||Display technology:||LCD dot matrix|
|New price:||$150.00||Display size:||8 * 16 characters|
|Size:||7.2" x 3.2" x 0.95"|
|Weight:||6.1 ounces||Serial No:||1130V01331|
|Batteries:||4*AAA + CR1620||Date of manufacture:||mth 06 year 2002|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||Taiwan (I)|
|Precision:||14||Integrated circuits:|| ASIC: TI-REF
|Program steps:||24k Bytes, 1.5M Bytes Flash-ROM||Courtesy of:||Mark Bollman|
The TI-83 Plus S.E. ViewScreen Calculator (VSC) is the teacher version of the standard TI-83 Plus Silver Edition. It connects with a special port to a ViewScreen panel via a cable. Placing the panel on the overhead projector enlarges the image of the handheld screen so that each student can follow along.
of the TI-83 Plus Silver Edition sports 64 * 96 dots compared with the 64 * 128
dots of the TI-86 or the 100 * 160 dots of the TI-89.
As a consequence introduced Texas Instruments different ViewScreen panels.
Three ViewScreen panels were available in 2008:
Panel 1: TI-73
VSC, TI-73 Explorer VSC, TI-80
TI-82 VSC, TI-83 VSC,
TI-83 Plus VSC, TI-83 Plus Silver Edition VSC, TI-84 Plus VSC,
TI-84 Plus Silver Edition VSC
• Panel 2: TI-89 VSC, TI-89 Titanium VSC, TI-92, TI-92 Plus, Voyage 200
• Panel 3: TI-85 VSC, TI-86 VSC
As an alternative the TI-Presenter video adapter connects to a TV or other projection device with a video input port.
a technical point of view the TI-83 Plus S.E. VSC is almost identical with the students
TI-83 Plus S.E.. The first difference you notice is a slightly changed bottom shell of the
calculator housing to accommodate the ViewScreen connector.
Dismantling the TI-83 Plus S.E. VSC reveals a total of three printed circuit boards (PCBs).
The main PCB is identical with the TI-83 Plus S.E. and makes use of the
TI-REF83PL2M/TA2 ASIC integrating a Z-80 microprocessor plus supporting logic surrounded by
a Cypress CY62128VLL featuring 128k Bytes
S-RAM and a Fujitsu F29LV160
Flash-ROM with 2M Byte storage space.
Even the display board of the TI-83 Plus S.E. VSC is identical with the TI-83 Plus S.E. but sports an additional connector for the third PCB. If you compare the PCB with the student TI-83 Plus S.E. you'll notice that the layout of the PCB is identical, only the connector itself is either assembled or not in place.
A third PCB is connected with a short piece of flat-cable to the display board. This PCB basically buffers the signals of the LC-Display and feeds them to the external ViewScreen connector.
A deeper exploration of the display board shows the unbelievable high density of electrical connections between the Toshiba T6K04 display controller and the graphics screen.
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. Texas Instruments announced June 2002 an optional full-sized QWERTY Keyboard for a more convenient entry of notes into the handhelds.
Don't miss the colorful slide cases developed for the TI-83 Plus, they fit on the TI-83 Plus Silver Edition ViewScreen, too.
1.13 (April, 2001)
1.14 (December 16, 2001)
1.15 (August 26, 2002)
1.19 (January 16, 2006, actual in February 2008)
You can check the ROM version of your TI-83
Plus S.E. VSC 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 S.E. VSC is permitted (as of September 27, 2007) for use on SAT, ACT, PSAT and AP exams.
Obsolete / Discontinued Products:
The TI-83 Plus Silver Edition Graphing Calculator has been discontinued (as of June 8, 2008) and is no longer available at most retail locations.
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© Joerg Woerner, August 3, 2008. No reprints without written permission.