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Texas Instruments La Super Dictée Magique 

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 29 year 1992
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  USA
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  TSP50C42 (CSM42027),
 TSP60C19 (CMM19031),
 HD44780
Memories:      
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 French talking La Super Dictée Magique was called Super Speak & Spell, too. In Italy we know the Grillo Parlante Piu, with the El Loro Parlanchin and El Loro Profesor two Spanish versions were introduced.

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

LaSuperDictee_PCB.jpg (196134 Byte)Dismantling the toy reveals a high-sophisticated printed circuit board with three main components:

bulletTSP50C42 Speech Synthesizer
bulletCMM19031 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/CSM42027, 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.

LaSuperDictee_Module2_P1.jpg (136455 Byte) Two different La Super Dictée Magique Cartridge Libraries are known:

Name Grade Words Description Module Wordlist
Anglais 1   300 Contains words in everyday use. Helps to master the spelling of a basic French vocabulary.  
No2   200 Advanced vocabulary to challenge children and adults. LaSuperDictee_Module2.jpg (51677 Byte)
(FR: 0.5 MByte)

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

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If you have additions to the above article please email: joerg@datamath.org.

© Joerg Woerner, March 16, 2004. No reprints without written permission.