DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Texas Instruments TI-30XB MultiView™
|Date of introduction:|| May 9, 2007
Available: July 2007
|Display technology:||LCD dot matrix|
|New price:||€20.99||Display size:|| 4 * 16 characters
(5 * 19 for menus)
|Size:|| 6.8" x 3.2" x 0.6"
172 x 83 x 15 mm³
|Weight:||4.2 ounces, 120 grams||Serial No:|
|Batteries:||CR2032||Date of manufacture:||mth 06 year 2007|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||China (K)|
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
Instruments announced in May 2007 with the TI-30XS MultiView the
improved version of
its long lasting TI-30X IIS introduced already in
1999 and slightly redesigned in 2004. In some European countries, e.g. Germany,
Switzerland, and United Kingdom, with the TI-30XB MultiView a battery only
powered replacement of the original TI-30X IIB hit
in July 2007 the store shelves. In France an otherwise identical TI-30XB
MultiView sports a wonderful green housing.
Instead of the previous 2-line display the TI-30XB MultiView features a dot matrix display with 31 * 96 addressable pixels allowing the calculator to display equations as they would be printed in a text book.
In addition to this so called "MathPrint" mode the calculator sports a TI-30X IIB compatible "Classic" mode.
Compared with the original TI-30X IIB, the quasi-standard for pupils, we notice more bang (typical street price EUR 17.95 in July 1997) for less bucks:
Classic (compatible with TI-30X IIB) and MathPrint Mode
• EOS with 8 pending operations and 23 levels of parentheses
• 7 memory variables x, y, z, t, a, b, c
• Data editor and list formulas: 3 lists, each up to 42 items
• Function table
• Toggle key fractions and decimals
• Equation entries up to 80 digits
Dismantling the TI-30XB MultiView reveals a pretty common construction with two printed circuit boards (PCB's). The main PCB hides the single-chip calculating circuit under a small protection blob of black epoxy and drives the graphing display with a heat sealed fine-pitch connector. The keyboard makes use of a much simpler second PCB and a heat sealed connector, too. The prominent SR-21B designation on the main PCB proves that this calculator was manufactured by Kinpo Electronics, Inc., a famous company located in Taiwan and doing calculator production for well established companies like Texas Instruments, Hewlett Packard, Casio, Canon and Citizen.
Don't miss the TI-34 MultiView
and the TI-Collège Plus.
Stokes Publishing Company, Inc. based in Sunnyvale, California sold a companion for the teacher, view the wonderful TI-30XS MultiView Overhead Calculator.
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© Joerg Woerner, June 11, 2007. No reprints without written permission.