DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
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:||TMC0270/CD2702, TMC0280/CD2801, CD2345 and CD2346|
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
|Download manual:||(DE: 2.4M Bytes)|
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, Italian Grillo Parlante and Spanish Speak & Spell.
Dismantling the Buddy manufactured in December 1981 by Texas Instruments in their Rieti, Italy facility reveals a small surprise: The green fluorescent display of the Buddy uses only 8 alphanumeric characters compared to the 9 characters of the 2nd generation Speak & Spell manufactured in the same timeframe in the United States. Please visit "Inside a Speak & Spell" and find more pictures about various Speak & Spell versions. The design of the Buddy is centered around four Integrated Circuits:
TMC0270/CD2702: 4-bit microcontroller with 2k*9 Bits ROM and 9*64 Bits RAM
• TMC0280/CD2801: TMS5100 VSP (Voice Synthesis Processor)
• TMC0350/CD2345, TMC0350/CD2346: TMS6100 VSM (Voice Synthesis Memory) with 128k Bits, each
Play button and
listen Buddy tunes.
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|Contact info:||Martin Pscherer|
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© Joerg Woerner, December 5, 2001. No reprints without written permission.