Texas Instruments El Loro Parlanchín

Date of introduction:  1991 Display technology:  LCD
New price:   Display size:  9 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 32 year 1991
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  USA
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  TSP50C42 (CSM42031),
 TSP60C19 (CMM19036),
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

This wonderful hybride uses the housing of the original Speak & Spell from 1980 with the modern electronics of the first Super Speak & Spell

The English speaking sibbling of this Spanish talking El Loro Parlanchin was called Super Speak & Spell, too.

ElLoroParlanchin_PCB.jpg (156381 Byte)Dismantling the toy reveals a high-sophisticated printed circuit board with three main components:

bulletTSP50C42 Speech Synthesizer
bulletCMM19036 Speech ROM
bulletHD44780 LCD-Controller

The main differences between the different Super Speak & Spell sibblings are the Speech-ROM's:

bullet La Super Dictée Magique: TSP50C42, CMM19031
bulletGrillo Parlante Piu: TSP50C42/CSM42030, CMM19035
bulletEl Loro Parlanchin: TSP50C42/CSM42031, CMM19036
bulletSuper Speak & Spell (91): TSP50C42/CSM42030, CMM19048
bulletEl Loro Profesor: TSP50C42/CSM42031, CMM19054

The toy is intended for players ages 6 to 11.

We know with El Loro Profesor a second Spansih speaking version of the Super Speak & Spell. From the manufactureing codes we assume that the El Loro Profesor is the successor of the El Loro Parlanchin. 

A similiar product was introduced in France with the La Super Dictée Magique and in Italy with the Grillo Parlante Piu.

Tired of the blue line? Believe it or not, customers in China enjoyed already in 1990 their own "Professor" in bright red colors.

One El Loro Parlanchin Library is known:

Name Grade Words Description Module Wordlist
Modulo de Extension No1     not available  

Please find the manuals of the listed modules in the Download Section of the Datamath Calculator Museum.

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© Joerg Woerner, May 6, 2007. No reprints without written permission.