DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Texas Instruments Computer Fun (Germany)
|Date of introduction:||1990||Display technology:||LCD|
|New price:||Display size:||Graphics|
|Size:||9.5" x 12.5" x 2.5"|
|Weight:||2 pounds 3 ounces||Serial No:||7317780|
|Batteries:||4*AA cells||Date of manufacture:||wk 33 year 1992|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||USA|
|Precision:||Integrated circuits:|| TSP50C44 (CSM44024),
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
Nothing else than the German speaking edition of the Computer Fun introduced two years earlier in the United States.
Dismantling this Computer Fun manufactured in July 1990 by Texas Instruments in the United
States for the German speaking market reveals a rather complex printed circuit board
(PCB). The design of the Computer Fun is centered around four different Integrated
• TSP50C44/CSM44024: TSP50C50 VSP (Voice Synthesis Processor) with 8-bit microcontroller and 16k Bytes Mask ROM for both program and voice and
128 Bytes + 16 Nibbles RAM
• TSP60C19/CMM19xxx: VSM (Voice Synthesis Memory) with 256k Bits
• Hitachi HD44102: Column Driver for monochrome dot matrix liquid crystal display with 4-bit and 8-bit Interface for up to 50 columns
• Hitachi HD44105: Common (Row) Driver for monochrome dot matrix liquid crystal display with 4-bit and 8-bit Interface for up to 32 rows
The regional definition of the Computer Fun is accomplished with different Mask Versions for the ROMs of both the VSP and VSM:
• American Voice: TSP50C44/CSM44012 and TSP60C19/CMM19006
• British Voice: TSP50C44/CSM44017 and TSP60C19/CMM19040
• German Voice: TSP50C44/CSM44024 and TSP60C19/CMM19xxx
Computer Fun got not only other voices, even the keyboard layout changed to the
Don't miss the Computer Fun with a British voice.
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© Joerg Woerner, December 21, 2001. No reprints without written permission.