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Texas Instruments TI-58C Pool Water Analysis
|Date of introduction:||1979||Display technology:||LED-stick|
|New price:||Display size:||10 (8 + 2)|
|Size:|| 6.4" x 3.2" x
162 x 81 x 37 mm3
|Weight:||8.5 ounces, 240 grams||Serial No:||7183855|
|Batteries:||BP1A||Date of manufacture:||wk 17 year 1979|
|AC-Adapter:||AC9131||Origin of manufacture:||USA (ATA)|
|Precision:||13||Integrated circuits:|| TMC0501E,
TMC0573, TMC0591, RCA 10341XX
|Program steps:||480-0||Courtesy of:||Mark Bollman||Download manual:||(US: 3.5M Bytes)|
main disadvantage of the TI-58, non-permanent
program storage, was corrected with the TI-58C. Replacing the two
TMC0598 MULTI-REGISTER chips of the TI-58
manufactured in a power-hungry PMOS process with a low-power CMOS RAM (Random
Access Memory) chip, battery drainage caused by the NiCd batteries itself was
quicker than drop caused by powering the RAM.
The TI-58C continued the usage of the Solid State Software Modules™ with up to 5000 program steps introduced with the TI-58 and TI-59 already in 1977. On the backside of the TI-58/59 you'll notice a small lid with a place for a module. The Master Library with 25 different programs was included, a lot of other modules were available.
We know five different approaches of the module expansion:
• Standard modules like the Master Library use only the small sticker
above the A,B,C,D, and E keys.
• Other modules like this Pool Water Analysis developed by Olin Corporation
make use of a colorful keyboard mask.
• Customized calculators like the USMC AV-8C calculator or insurance calculators
sold by Allianz and others use special keyboard arrangements.
• The CAL-Q-TAX calculator uses an extender instead the usual drop-in modules.
• The Kodak Q-700 Program Adapter makes use of a snap-on cover with
an individualized printing.
the Pool Water Analysis calculator reveals a standard TI-58C
calculator manufactured in Spring 1979. It is one of the very early models, the
printed circuit board (PCB) of the calculator was manufactured in Canada and
makes use of some blue wires.
The calculator was available till the year 1983.
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