TI-85

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TI-85
TI85 graphing calculator.jpg
Type Graphing calculator
Manufacturer Texas Instruments
Introduced 1992
Discontinued 1997
Successor TI-86
Calculator
Entry mode D.A.L.
Display Size 128×64 pixels, 21×8 characters
CPU
Processor Zilog Z80
Frequency 6 MHz
Programming
User Memory 28 kB of RAM
Other
Power supply 4 AAA's,
1 CR1616 or CR1620

The TI-85 was a graphing calculator made by Texas Instruments based around the Zilog Z80 microprocessor. Designed in 1992 as TI's second graphing calculator (the first was the TI-81), it has since been replaced by the TI-86, which has also been discontinued.

The TI-85 was significantly more powerful than the TI-81, as it was designed as a calculator primarily for use in engineering and calculus courses. Texas Instruments had included a version of BASIC on the device to allow programming. Each calculator came with a cable to connect calculators (simply a three-conductor cable with 2.5 mm phone connectors on each end). Another cable known as the TI-Graph Link was also sold, along with appropriate software, to connect the calculator to a personal computer. These cables made it possible to save programs and make backups.

Assembly programs[edit]

Enthusiasts analyzed memory backups and discovered that entries in the calculator's CUSTOM menu pointed at specific memory locations. With this knowledge, a hack was devised where a special string could be inserted into the backup at the proper location to allow the calculator to execute assembly language programs. These programs could run much faster than their BASIC counterparts, and could be much more efficient in terms of memory usage. This development made the TI-85 the first TI graphing calculator that could execute assembly programs.

Programs written in assembly would be stored as string expressions and accessed via the CUSTOM menu. Games such as Tetris and Boulder Dash are available, as are programs with more practical uses, such as versions of the periodic table. The use of these programs was limited by the scarce RAM memory available on the TI-85. Total memory capacity was about 32 kilobytes, with 28226 bytes available for use.

The assembly language shell ZShell is also available for the TI-85, with the most famous version still unreleased on Magnus Hagander's TI-85.[1] Probably in response to the widespread use of assembly programs, TI officially introduced assembly access in later models, such as the TI-83 and TI-86, along with expanded memory. The TI-86 is very similar to the TI-85, sharing the same display resolution (128×64), processor, and processor speed (6 MHz).

Technical specifications[edit]

CPU
Zilog Z80 CPU,[2] 6 MHz
RAM
32 KB, (28 KB user-available)
ROM
128 KB non-upgradeable
Display
Text: 21×8 characters
Graphics: 128×64 pixels, monochrome
Link capability
2.5 mm I/O port
Power
AAA, 1×CR1616 or CR1620
Programming language(s)
TI-BASIC, Z80 Assembly (accessible with a hack)

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