Texas Instruments Language Translator

Date of introduction:  1980 Display technology:  Fluorescent
New price:  $150 Display size:  10 alphanumeric
Size:  8.0" x 3.4" x 1.2"    
Weight:  9.9 ounces Serial No:  221735
Batteries:  4*AA cells Date of manufacture:  wk 09 year 1980
AC-Adapter:  AC9199 Origin of manufacture:  USA (MTA)
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  TMC0275, TMC0280 + Module: 4*TMC0350
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner
    Download manual:
  (FRENCH US: 6.2 MByte)
GERMAN US: 14.5 MByte)
SPANISH US: 13.7 MByte)

LanguageTranslator_Back.jpg (501898 Byte)Nothing else than a renamed Language Tutor introduced one year before. Don't miss the Language Teacher without any speaker.

An easy accessible "Solid State Speech™ Module" contained the software to translate from e.g. English, French and Spanish to spoken German. LaguageTranslator_GER.jpg (68233 Byte)
Please note on the picture the piggy-back soldering to give a total memory of four 128K ROM's. LaguageTranslator_PCB_GER.jpg (51014 Byte)

Please notice that the Integrated Circuits (Speech ROM's) inside the German Language Translator Module are identical to the earlier Language Tutor Module.

KRAFTWERK, the German pioneers of electronic music used phrases and words of the Language Translator on the famous record 'Computerwelt'/ 'Computerworld' published in 1981.

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Composer: Martin Pscherer
Contact info: Martin Pscherer
Permission by: Martin Pscherer


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