DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Texas Instruments TI-34
|Date of introduction:||1987||Display technology:||LCD|
|New price:||DM 69.95||Display size:||10 + 2|
|Size:||5.6" x 2.8" x 0.45"|
|Weight:||2.4 ounces||Serial No:|
|Batteries:||n.a.||Date of manufacture:||mth 07 year 1987|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||Taiwan (I)|
|Precision:||12||Integrated circuits:||Toshiba T7988|
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
|Download manual:||(US: 5.9 MByte)|
The TI-34 was one of the higher sophisticated calculators sold by Texas Instruments in the year 1987. Compared with the TI-36 Solar some statistical functions were removed and logical operations added.
A similar housing in a blue design could be found with the Math Explorer and the TI-32 Explorer Plus.
first version of the successful TI-34 calculator was manufactured by Inventec
Corporation in Taiwan, a contract manufacturer even 20 years later still in
charge for Texas Instruments. The printed circuit board (PCB) looks very typical
for a far-east design of the 80s.
The design was later changed to blue function keys, compare this TI-34 manufactured in the year 1988 with the next TI-34. Production of the TI-34 was later shifted to Malaysia. You could recognize these calculators easily due to the smaller solar cells. Compare it here. A total of five different versions could be found here.
Another few years later the TI-34 got a more stylish housing.
Don't miss the Talking Orion TI-34 introduced by Orbit Research.
Texas Instruments was always listening for the demands of the classroom. Read some guidelines how to select the right calculator to ensure long-term satisfaction:
|• Solar Power: Eliminates the need for batteries. The TI
allows operation even in low light.
• Durability: Plastic keys are tougher and more tamper-proof than rubber keys.
An extra window protects the LCD display and the solar cells.
• Keyboard: Color coding helps children quickly identify functional key groupings.
Large, well spaced keys are easier to find and press.
• Packaging: With a convenient storage caddy 10 or even 30 calculators are
• Functions: Choose a model with only the specific functions you need.
Unnecessary functions clutter the keyboard and may impede a student's
understanding of the concepts.
In the year 1995 Texas Instruments provided a total of 6 different calculators (not counting the Graphing Calculators TI-80, TI-81, TI-82 and TI-85) to meet the above demands. View a comparision table here.
If you have additions to the above article please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
© Joerg Woerner, December 5, 2001. No reprints without written permission.