Texas Instruments Buddy

Date of introduction:  1980 Display technology:  Fluorescent
New price:   Display size:  8 alphanumeric
Size:  10.0" x 7.0" x  1.3" 
 254 x 177 x 34 mm3
Weight:  16.7 ounces, 474 grams Serial No:  
Batteries:  4*C cells Date of manufacture:  wk 49 year 1981
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  Italy 
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  CD2702, CD2801, CD2345 and CD2346
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner
    Download manual:   (DE: 2.4 MByte)

You are familiar with this blue Buddy ? It is the German version of the well known Speak & Spell (Type 2). 

Don't miss the French La Dictée Magique or the Italian Grillo Parlante.

Buddy_PCB.jpg (160360 Byte)Dismantling the Buddy like we did in the story "Inside a Speak & Spell" reveals a suprise: The green flourescent display of the Buddy uses only 8 alphanumeric characters compared to the 9 characters of the original Speak & Spell design. The Speech-ROM's of the Buddy are still the 128kBit types compared to the 256kBit chip found inside the later La Dictée Magique.


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Buddy Tunes


Composer: Martin Pscherer
Contact info: Martin Pscherer
Permission by: Martin Pscherer

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