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)
Precision:  13 Integrated circuits:  
Memories:  7    
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

TI-30XB_MV_1.jpg (311350 Byte)Texas 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.

TI-30XB_MV_Disp2.jpg (29537 Byte)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

TI-30XB_MV_PCB.jpg (343291 Byte)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.

Find here the original press release dated May 9, 2007.

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