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Texas Instruments Fonillo Suonaparla
|Date of introduction:||1986||Display technology:|
|New price:||Display size:||n.a.|
|Size:|| 9.1" x 11.1" x
231 x 282 x 30 mm3
|Weight:||18.2 ounces, 515 grams||Serial No:||348A|
|Batteries:||4*AA cells||Date of manufacture:||mth 07 year 1987|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||Italy|
|Precision:||Integrated circuits:|| TMP50C40A (CD54169),
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
This funny synthesizer based product from Texas Instruments generates a lot of different sounds and stores them into an internal memory to replay.
Dismantling this Fonillo Suonoparla manufactured in February 1987 by Texas Instruments in their Rieti, Italy facility for the Italian market reveals a compact design centered around just two Integrated Circuits:
• TMP50C40A/CD54169: TSP50C50 VSP (Voice Synthesis Processor) with
8-bit microcontroller and 8k Bytes Mask ROM for both program and voice
and 32 Bytes RAM
• CF60034: Not yet discovered, probably a Port-Expander for the VSP
This educational toy is very similar to the Speak & Music but uses an Italian speaking voice.
The Fonillo Suonoparla was distributed in the 80s like some other Texas Instruments products by Clementoni.
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© Joerg Woerner, March 16, 2004. No reprints without written permission.