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Texas Instruments Super Speak & Read

Date of introduction:  1988 Display technology:  n.a.
New price:  $59.50 (1992)
 Libraries: $19.95
Display size:  
Size:  12.0" x 21.5" x 1.7"    
Weight:  2 pounds 13 ounces Serial No:  
Batteries:  4*AA cells Date of manufacture:  year 1991
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  USA
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  TSP50C42 (CSM42008),
 TSP60C80 (CMM80002)
 Module: TSP60C21
Memories:      
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

Texas Instruments introduced with the Super Speak & Read a combination of the previous Speak & Read and the position sensitive keyboard of the Touch & Tell game. The game could be opened and one of the supplied small booklets inserted. The integrated voice synthesizer will ask you different questions and you have to show with your fingertip the answers. 

SuperSpeaknRead_PCB.jpg (75224 Byte)Dismantling the featured Super Speak & Read manufactured in 1991 by Texas Instruments in the United States reveals a very efficient internal construction centered around a TSP50C4X Speech Synthesizer and supported with a TSP60C80 Speech-ROM.

We located on the double-sided printed circuit board (PCB) just two Integrated Circuits:

TSP50C42/CSM42008: TSP50C50 VSP (Voice Synthesis Processor) with 8-bit microcontroller and 8k Bytes Mask ROM for both program and voice and 128 Bytes + 16 Nibbles RAM
TSP60C80/CMM80002: VSM (Voice Synthesis Memory) with 1024k Bits

The Super Speak & Read uses exchangeable Speech-ROMs in an expansion port. Each of them corresponds to a set of different booklets.

Three different modules with a total of 18 booklets are known: 

Name Books Words Description Module Word List
Basic set
(blue)
1..4 169  1: Let's play
 2: The Old Woman in the Shoe
 3: Lucy's Pockets
 4: Fe Fi Fo Fum

  Included  in Unit
 
Reading Fun 1 Expansion Pack
(orange)
5..11 169  5: Big and Little ABC's
 6: Baa Baa Black Sheep
 7: Andy Pandy's Candy
 8: Acka Backa Boo & The Magic Word Stories
 9: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star & Fat Yaks Stories
10: Alikazam Kazoo
11: One Two, Buckle My Shoe
 
Reading Fun 2 Expansion Pack
(purple)
12..18 169 12: The Purple Cow
13: Magic E
14: Dirty Bill & The Monster Stories
15: Teddy Bear Teddy Bear
16: Wiggle Waggle Jelly-beans
17: Apples and Bananas
18: Hink Pink
   

Texas Instruments developed some country specific versions of the Super Speak & Read, currently we know:

Country Name Speech ROM
US Super Speak & Read TSP60C80 (CMM80002)
US Ready...Set...Read! TSP60C80 (CMM80002)
France La Lecture Magique CMM19015, CMM19019
Germany Lesefreund CMM19018, CMM19028
Italy La Lettura Magica CMM19021, CMM19029
United Kingdom Chatter-Book CMM19010, CMM19027

Up to now we don't know the differences to the Ready...Set...Read!.

The picture on the left side displays the game in the opened state. Find a picture of the closed box here.

The toy is intended for players ages 3 to 7.

The Super Speak & Read got later a smaller sibling with identical booklets and hardware, the Magic Reading Desk. Don't miss the related Touch & Discover and the smaller Teddy Touch & Tell.

The Super Speak & Read 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.