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We Celebrate the 25th Birthday of the TI-30

The TI-30 was introduced June 13, 1976 together with the SR-40 and the financial calculator Business Analyst. With a SRP of $24.95 compared to the $49.95 of a fully equipped SR-40 the TI-30 was a great success. Probably the best selling calculator ever. Today, 25 years later we still use our modern, two-line TI-30X IIS. 

Let us browse together all TI-30 models introduced during the past 25 years. If you like more information just click on the picture or name of the calculator.

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2003: Wal-Mart introduced very colorful versions of the TI-30X II family.
2004: Texas Instruments changed the design of the TI-30X and TI-30X II family slightly.
2005: The Department of Education, Virginia requested a TI-30Xa Solar with disabled decimal-to-fraction key.
2005: Target introduced colorful versions of the TI-30X II family.
2007: Texas Instruments introduces the "MathPrint" display with the TI-30XS MultiView
2008: Best Buy and Target introduced color-ful versions of the TI-30X IIS.
2009: More colorful versions of the TI-30X IIS from Wal-Mart, Staples and Meijer.
2010: The ultimate TI-30 - the TI-30X Pro MultiView is introduced in Europe.
2013: A complete redesign for the TI-30 Xa and the TI-30 ECO RS.
 

 

Picture

Year

Official Name

Comments

ti-30.jpg (43750 Byte) 1976  TI-30

The first TI-30 was introduced June 13, 1976 with an impressive technology. Everything is snapped together, no screws within the whole calculator. If you open a TI-30 calculator you'll find the LED-stick, one resistor and one integrated circuit in a 28pin housing. That's all. Open a TI-30 here.

TI-30_I.jpg (46719 Byte) 1976  TI-30

The first TI-30 manufactured in Italy for the European market used a different nameplate compared to the US original.

ti-30_2.jpg (48823 Byte) 1978 TI-30

Later in production the metallized TI logo was replaced with an unmetalized one. 

TI-30LCD_2.jpg (46696 Byte) 1980 TI-30 LCD

The first version of the TI-30 LCD used different electronics compared to the later model and the TI-30 II. You'll recognize the first version at the x!-key instead the n!-key. 

TI-30II_1.jpg (36126 Byte) 1981 TI-30 II

It took nearly four years since the introduction of the TI-25 and TI-35 slimline calculators before with the TI-30 II a calculator with the keyboard layout of the original TI-30 appeared. The picture shows the first, very rare variant.

TI-30II.jpg (31777 Byte) 1982 TI-30 II

This is the common version of the TI-30 II calculator. 

TI-30D.jpg (69215 Byte) 1982 TI-30 D

Together with the TI-30 LCD Texas Instruments introduced this scientific desktop calculator. 

TI-30LCD.jpg (40882 Byte) 1982 TI-30 LCD

The TI-30 LCD combined the electronics of the TI-30 II with a huge battery compartment to accomodate 2 A-cells. The calculator was sold only in some European countries.

TI-30SLR.jpg (31800 Byte) 1982 TI-30 SLR

With the TI-30 SLR Texas Instruments entered in 1982 the market of scientific LCD-calculators powered by solar cells. The calculator was developed by Toshiba. The result of this cooperation was a worse calculating precision but a perfect keyboard design.

TI-30-III.jpg (36353 Byte) 1984 TI-30 III

The TI-30 III replaced the valuable slimline design of the TI-30 II using an identical calculator chip.

TI-30GalaxyB.jpg (37832 Byte) 1984 TI-30 Galaxy

The TI-30 Galaxy was again a cooperation product between Texas Instruments and Toshiba. Compared to the TI-30 SLR the calculating accuracy was improved to 11 digits. Together with a smooth and logical arranged keyboard simply a perfect calculator. The Galaxy line brought us later wonderful calculators like the Galaxy 67.

TI-30GalaxySolar.jpg (45384 Byte) 1984 TI-30 Galaxy SLR

The beautiful TI-30 Galaxy SLR added solar cells to the original TI-30 Galaxy introduced in the same year. In some countries the calculator was sold as TI-35 Galaxy Solar

TI-30SLR_2.jpg (35771 Byte) 1984 TI-30 SLR

The second edition of the TI-30 SLR uses a less power hungry calculator chip produced by Toshiba. This allowed both cheaper solar cells and the usage under less ambient light conditions.

TI-30SLR_PLUS.jpg (38406 Byte) 1985 TI-30 SLR PLUS

The rare TI-30 SLR PLUS is identical with the late TI-30 SLR but shows its calculating possibilities.

TI-30_1986.jpg (38950 Byte) 1985 TI-30

This TI-30 introduced in 1986 is nearly identical to the earlier TI-30 III. With some small design variations the blue TI-30 survived till 1995 with a calculator chip introduced 1982!

1985 TI-30 STAT

The TI-30 STAT uses the electronics of the slimline TI-35 in the housing of the TI-30 III. One of the ways to create a TI-30 variant.

1986 TI-30

Just a small design variation.

TI-30GalaxyS.jpg (37996 Byte) 1986 TI-30 Galaxy

With the production shift to Italy the TI-30 Galaxy got not only a black housing but a calculator chip developed by Texas Instruments. It is funny, but calculating accuracy was worse compared to Japanese design.

TI-30STAT.jpg (27577 Byte) 1987 TI-30 STAT

Just a small design variation

TI-30SOLAR.jpg (46979 Byte) 1987 TI-30 Solar

The TI-30 Solar added solar cells to the earlier TI-30 III. Everything else was identical.

TI-30SOLAR.jpg (46979 Byte) 1987 TI-30 Solar

The TI-30 Solar added solar cells to the earlier TI-30 III. Everything else was identical.

TI-30SLR+4.jpg (42462 Byte) 1987 TI-30 SLR+

The TI-30 SLR+ added some conversions and statistical calculations to the TI-30 Solar. It is identical to the TI-31 Solar and the TI-35 SLR.

TI-30_1988.jpg (29097 Byte) 1987 TI-30

Just small design variations to fit with the TI-30 STAT.

TI-30Chall_1.jpg (39144 Byte) 1988 TI-30 Challenger

The time span before the introduction of the TI-30X family in 1993 was bridged with some design variants of existing products. The TI-30 Challenger got fresher colors compared to the blue and black housings of the earlier calculators.

TI-30Stat_1989.jpg (85001 Byte) 1988 TI-30 STAT

This TI-30 STAT followed the yellow design of the first TI-30.

TI-30STAT_2.jpg (43580 Byte) 1989 TI-30 STAT

The time span before the introduction of the TI-30X family in 1993 was bridged with some design variants of existing products. 

TI-30_1989.jpg (40784 Byte) 1990 TI-30

Just a small design variation of the TI-30 introduced three years earlier.

TI-30STAT_3.jpg (38488 Byte) 1990 TI-30 STAT

This TI-30 STAT changed back to the blue design of the first TI-30 STAT but got a 2nd-key instead the earlier INV-key for the alternative functions.

TI-30Chall.jpg (39678 Byte) 1990 TI-30 Challenger

The time span before the introduction of the TI-30X family in the year 1993 was bridged with some design variants of existing products. The TI-30 Challenger got fresher colors compared to the blue and black housings of the earlier calculators.

1992 TI-30 STAT

Just a small design variation of the TI-30 introduced seven years earlier.

ti-30X.jpg (37595 Byte) 1993 TI-30X

Starting from the very first TI-30 with a red LED-display in the year 1976 all TI-30 variants used an 8-digit display. This is for most calculations convenient but in scientific notation you'll get only 5 digits of mantissa. The TI-30X introduced a major improvement, the display capacity was eXpanded to a full 10 digit mantissa with two independent digits for the exponent.
Unfortunately the TI-30X introduced the Logarithm Bug known even in 2004.

TI-30X_SOLAR.jpg (39872 Byte) 1993 TI-30X Solar

The TI-30X Solar added very efficient solar cells to the 10+2 digit display capability of the TI-30X.

TI-30XA_1.jpg (97105 Byte) 1994 TI-30Xa

The TI-30Xa replaced the predecessor TI-30X within one year. The only enhancement was the added Constant-key.

ti-30Xa_Solar.jpg (43315 Byte) 1994 TI-30Xa Solar

The TI-30Xa Solar replaced the predecessor TI-30X Solar within one year. The only enhancement was the added Constant-key.

TI-30Xa_SE_2.jpg (38692 Byte) 1995 TI-30Xa SE

In the year 1995 Texas Instruments introduced a more robust version of the TI-30Xa Solar for school purposes.

TI-30S.jpg (35123 Byte) 1996 TI-30 S

The TI-30 S brought us the limited 8 digit display capability back to the TI-30 line. The electronics is identical to the TI-30 SLR introduced 12 years earlier! In most countries the calculator was sold as TI-25 X.

TI-30XA.jpg (40954 Byte) 1996 TI-30Xa

In 1996 Texas Instruments changes the design of the scientific calculators to a smoother shape. Everything else was identical the 1994 models.

ti-30Xa_Solar2.jpg (35739 Byte) 1996 TI-30Xa Solar

In 1996 Texas Instruments changes the design of the scientific calculators to a smoother shape. Everything else was identical the 1994 models.

1997 TI-30Xa Solar

Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) and Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) approved version of the TI-30Xa Solar.

TI-30XA_SE.jpg (44358 Byte) 1999 TI-30Xa SE

The introduction of the two-line TI-30X IIS brought us two funny calculators. This TI-30Xa Second Edition and the TI-30 eco RS. The TI-30Xa SE is nothing else of a hybrid between the TI-30Xa Solar and the housing of the TI-32 Explorer Plus. It was only a short time available before it was discontinued December 2000. 

TI-30eco_RS.jpg (48471 Byte) 1999 TI-30 eco RS

The introduction of the two-line TI-30X IIS brought us two funny calculators. This TI-30 eco RS and the TI-30Xa SE. The housing of the TI-30 eco RS is made of recycled plastics and together with the solar cells instead of batteries this allowed Texas Instruments Germany to use the "Umweltzeichen" sign.

TI-30X_IIS.jpg (39333 Byte) 1999 TI-30X IIB

In 1999 the TI-30 line of calculators received a great feature - a 2-line display. The upper entry line displays up to 11 characters and can be scrolled left and right up to 88 characters. The lower result line displays 10 digits of mantissa and 2 digits for the exponent.

TI-30X_IIS.jpg (39333 Byte) 1999 TI-30X IIS

The TI-30X IIS added solar cells to the otherwise identical TI-30X IIB.

TI-30_2001.jpg (40773 Byte) 2001   TI-30 ???

Just a wish - we are curious about the next generation TI-30! 

UPDATE

TI-30X_IIB_LIME_2.jpg (74042 Byte)

2003 TI-30X IIB

TI-30X IIB released for the Back-to-School 2003 campaign by Wal-Mart.

2003 TI-30X IIS

TI-30X IIS released for the Back-to-School 2003 campaign by Wal-Mart.

TI-30XA_2004.jpg (40832 Byte) 2004 TI-30XA

The changes of the TI-30XA are minor, please notice the printing on the display screen.

TI-30eco_RS_2004.jpg (45628 Byte) 2004 TI-30 ECO RS

Like the TI-30XA only some printing on the screen changed.

TI-30X_IIB_2004.jpg (40154 Byte) 2004 TI-30X IIB

The changes in the design line are obvious, not only the color of the housing and keys changed, even the material of the display bezel is more valuable.

TI-30X_IIS_2004.jpg (42289 Byte) 2004 TI-30X IIS

Like the TI-30X IIB this calculator looks more fashion now than before.

TI-30X_IIB_LIME.jpg (46931 Byte) 2004 TI-30X IIB

TI-30X IIB released for the Back-to-School 2004 campaign by Wal-Mart.

TI-30X_IIS_PURPLE.jpg (50085 Byte) 2004 TI-30X IIS

TI-30X IIS released for the Back-to-School 2004 campaign by Wal-Mart.

2005 TI-30Xa Solar
School Edition

Ti-30Xa Solar with disabled decimal-to-fraction key requested by Department of Education, Virginia. Recalled the same year.

TI-30XA_Solar_SE_VA2.jpg (37981 Byte) 2005 TI-30Xa Solar
School Edition

Ti-30Xa Solar with disabled decimal-to-fraction key requested by Department of Education, Virginia.

TI-30X_IIB_K0305W.jpg (43601 Byte) 2005 TI-30X IIB

TI-30X IIB released for the Back-to-School 2005 campaign by Wal-Mart.

TI-30X_IIS_K0305W.jpg (46303 Byte) 2005 TI-30X IIS

TI-30X IIS released for the Back-to-School 2005 campaign by Wal-Mart.

TI-30XIIS_TGN2005.jpg (74510 Byte) 2005 TI-30X IIS

TI-30X IIS released for the Back-to-School 2005 campaign by Target.

TI-30XIIS_TPK2007.jpg (83441 Byte) 2007 TI-30X IIS

TI-30X IIS released for the Back-to-School 2007 campaign by Target.

TI-30XIIS_OPK2007.jpg (84121 Byte) 2007 TI-30X IIS

TI-30X IIS released for the Back-to-School 2007 campaign by Office Depot.

TI-30XB_MV.jpg (80355 Byte) 2007 TI-30XB MultiView

In the year 2007 the TI-30 line of calculators received a great feature - a dot matrix display with 31 * 96 addressable pixels allowing the calculator to display equations as they would be printed in a text book. In addition to this so called "MathPrint" mode the calculator sports a TI-30X IIB compatible "Classic" mode.

TI-30XB_MV_F.jpg (94500 Byte) 2007 TI-30XB MultiView

Colorful TI-30XB MultiView for the French market

TI-30XS_MV.jpg (80766 Byte) 2007 TI-30XS MultiView

The TI-30XS MultiView added solar cells to the otherwise identical TI-30XB MultiView.

TI-30XS_MVY.jpg (84740 Byte) 2007 TI-30XS MultiView

Easy-to-spot, "school bus yellow" back edition of the TI-30XS MultiView.

2008 TI-30X IIS

TI-30X IIS produced for the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) 2008/2009.

2008 TI-30X IIS

TI-30X IIS released for the Back-to-School 2008 campaign by Wal-Mart and Best Buy.

2008 TI-30X IIS

TI-30X IIS released for the Back-to-School 2008 campaign by Target.

2009 TI-30XA

Finally an update after five years- the TI-30XA sports larger digits!

2009 TI-30 ECO RS

Finally an update after five years- the TI-30XA SOLAR aka TI-30 ECO RS sports larger digits, too!

TI-30XIIS_SOR2009.jpg (93919 Byte) 2009 TI-30X IIS

TI-30X IIS released for the Back-to-School 2009 campaign by Staples and Meijer.

TI-30XIIS_SBL2009.jpg (81307 Byte) 2009 TI-30X IIS

TI-30X IIS released for the Back-to-School 2009 campaign by Wal-Mart, Staples and Meijer.

2010 TI-30X IIS

TI-30X IIS released for the Back-to-School 2010 campaign by Office Depot, Fred Meyer, Meijer and Shopko.

2010 TI-30X IIS

TI-30X IIS released for the Back-to-School 2010 campaign by Wal-Mart.

2010 TI-30X IIS

TI-30X IIS released for the Back-to-School 2010 campaign by Wal-Mart.

2010 TI-30X IIS

TI-30X IIS released for the Back-to-School 2010 campaign by Wal-Mart.

2010 TI-30X PRO

The ultimate TI-30X Pro - first attempt!

2013 TI-30Xa

After 17 years - a newly designed housing for the TI-30Xa.

2013 TI-30 ECO RS

After 17 years - a newly designed housing for the TI-30Xa.

 

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Joerg Woerner, June 13, 2001 and November 10, 2007. No reprints without written permission.