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Texas Instruments Super Speak & Math

Date of introduction:  1990 Display technology:  LCD
New price:  $38.25 (1992)
 Libraries: $19.95
Display size:  2*8 alphanumeric
Size:  10.7" x 8.0" x  2.1" 
 271 x 203 x 53 mm3
   
Weight:  18.9 ounces, 535 grams Serial No:  
Batteries:  4*AA cells Date of manufacture:  wk 09 year 1991
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  USA
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  TSP50C10 (CSM10047),
 TSP60C18 (CMM18001),
 Samsung KS0062
Memories:      
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner
    Download manual:   (US: 9.1M Bytes)

With the Super Speak & line Texas Instruments introduced educational toys similar to the well known kids-computers with there small LCD-screens and ASCII-keyboards. Don't miss the Super Speak & Spell.

Dismantling this Super Speak & Math manufactured in October 1989 by Texas Instruments in the United States reveals a clean design centered around just three Integrated Circuits:

TSP50C10/CSM10047: 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
TSP60C18/CMM18001: VSM (Voice Synthesis Memory) with 256k Bits
Samsung KS0062: LCD Controller for monochrome dot matrix liquid crystal display with 8-bit Interface

The Super Speak & Math is the successor of the Speak & Math.

You'll find more games for younger children in the  Computer Fun.

Super Speak & Math will do:

Place Value - teaches the place-value system in representing 
   one and two digit numbers
Trade - reinforces understanding of the place-value system
Target - emphasizes logical reasoning and problem-solving
Solve It - Uses the place-value system to develop logical reasoning
Math Problems - tests your knowledge of basic mathematical 
   terms and facts
Estimate - develops the ability to estimate answers to problems
Select - helps you to recognize basic math operations
Calculator - provides the opportunity to make up and solve 
   your own math problems

The toy is intended for players ages 6 to 12.

Two Super Speak & Math Expansion Cartridges are known:

Name Grade Description Module Manual
Everyday Math 6 - 12 years Features Math problems: Making purchases; counting change; percents; and comparison shopping. SSM_Module_EverydayMath.jpg (35970 Byte)
(US: 1.1M Bytes)
Math Teasers 6 - 12 years Features Math problems: Probability; sequencing; logical reasoning and more.  SSM_Module_MathTeasers.jpg (38154 Byte)
(US: 1.1M Bytes)

The Super Speak & Math is featured in the Texas Instruments Incorporated leaflet Follow the Learning Path dated 1991.

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

Joerg Woerner, December 5, 2001. No reprints without written permission.