HP Prime

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HP Prime
HP Prime Graphing Calculator.jpg
HP Prime Graphing Calculator
Type CAS, Graphing, Programmable, Scientific
Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard (2013-2015),
HP Inc. (2015-present)
Introduced October 2013
Latest firmware 2.1.14091 (2018-09-17)
Predecessor HP 39gII (HP 50g[1])
Calculator
Entry mode Textbook / Algebraic / Advanced RPN[2][3]
Display type 16-bit full-color multi-touch TFT LCD[4]
Display size 320×240 pixels (3.5″ / 8.9 cm diagonal),
text 10x33 (lines x characters) + menus + header[4]
CPU
Processor G1: 400 MHz Samsung S3C2416XH-40 (ARM926EJ-S core)
G2: 528 MHz NXP i.MX 6ULL MCIMX6Y2 (Cortex A7 core)
Programming
Programming language(s) HP PPL
Interfaces
Ports Micro USB-AB connector
Other
Weight 228 g (8.04 oz)
Dimensions 18.23×8.58×1.39 cm (7.13×3.38×0.550 inches)[4]

The HP Prime is a graphing calculator introduced by Hewlett-Packard in 2013 and currently manufactured by HP Inc. It was designed with features resembling those of smartphones, such as a full-color touchscreen display and the ability to expand functionality by means of downloadable applications.[5] It claims to be the world's smallest and thinnest CAS-enabled calculator currently available.[4]

The functionality of the HP Prime is also available as emulation software for PCs and Macs,[6] as well as for various smartphones.

Design and software[edit]

The HP Prime's graphical user interface features two separate home screens, one of which contains an integrated computer algebra system (CAS) based on the free and open-source Xcas/Giac 1.4.9 engine, which evolved from that of the HP 49G and its successors. Both the standard and CAS modes function independently of each other and the calculator can quickly switch between the two, unlike some of its competitors, such as the TI-Nspire series by Texas Instruments, which comes in either CAS-supported models or non-CAS models.

The G1 model calculator has a 1500 mAh battery, which is expected to last up to 15 hours on a single charge. The G2 model comes with a battery with a capacity of 2000 mAh.

Exam Mode[edit]

The HP Prime has a feature called Exam Mode. This enables various features of the calculator (such as CAS functionality, user-created apps, notes, etc.) to be selectively disabled for a specific time, from 15 minutes to 8 hours. This can be done manually within the calculator's menus, or by using a computer with HP's connectivity software.[7] LEDs on the top of the calculator blink to let the instructor see that the calculator is in this mode. Despite this feature, the Prime is still prohibited in many examinations, such as the US's ACT college-entry test.[8] It is however starting to be accepted in other examinations, like those run by the Dutch CvTE,[9] the Swiss IB,[10] or Alberta (Canada)[11] education authorities.

Programming[edit]

The HP Prime's non-CAS home-screen supports textbook, algebraic and 128-level RPN (aka Advanced RPN) entry logic. However, it uses a new operating system unrelated to HP's legacy Saturn and Saturn-emulated systems, which were used on HP's previous RPN/RPL graphing calculators; therefore, it is not compatible with any User RPL or System RPL, or with programming in Saturn or ARMv4T assembly language.

The calculator supports programming in a new, Pascal-like programming language now named HP PPL (for Prime Programming Language, but originally also referred to as HP Basic) that also supports creating apps. This is based on a language introduced on the HP 38G and built on in subsequent models.[12]

Hardware revisions and model variants[edit]

The first production model (NW280AA) in 2013 reports its hardware revision as A. This model does not support wireless connectivity, unit-to-unit USB communication, or data streaming. The calculator is manufactured by Inventec Besta and utilizes a modified version of their Besta operating system.

The second production model (G8X92AA) reports its hardware revision as C. It was introduced in May 2014. This model supports features lacking in the first production model, namely wireless connectivity (using the HP Prime Wireless Kit (FOK65AA)), unit-to-unit USB communication (through USB OTG), and data streaming (using the HP StreamSmart 410 (NW278AA) 4-port data streamer).[13] The wireless kit includes a base station connected to a PC and wireless modules to connect to up to 30 HP Prime calculators for use in a classroom.

The third production model, which was introduced in August 2016, has a revised color scheme with darker blue and orange colors for an improved readability of the keyboard.[14][15] It still carries the model number G8X92AA and reports a hardware revision of C, but the package shows a 2016 copyright.[16]

Introduced in July 2018, HP introduced a new hardware generation with model number 2AP18AA and hardware revision D. This version features an NXP i.MX 6ULL MCIMX6Y2 processor with ARM Cortex A7 core and is about three times faster. It provides more RAM (256 MB instead of 32 MB) and flash ROM (512 MB instead of 256 MB)[17] and runs FreeRTOS. It is labelled "G2" on the back.[18]

Firmware versions[edit]

Release date Release version Firmware build version Firmware build date CAS version OS version Data version Boot loader version Virtual calculator build version Virtual calculator build date Connectivity kit build version Connectivity kit build date Comment
? ? ? ? ? SDKV0.23, SDKV0.25, SDKV0.26 ? V11 ? ? ? ? Betas
2013-08-08 ? 4980 2013-08-05 1.1.0 ? ? ? ? ? 4981? ? Prerelease with usbtool.exe
2013-08-21 ? 5030 ? 1.1.0 ? ? V13 ? ? ? ? Prerelease
2013-09-27 1.00/1.0? (or 1.01/1.0.1?) 5106 2013-08-13 1.1.0 V0.025.5106 V0.025.5106 V13 ? ? ? ? First public release
? 1.00/1.0 (or 1.01/1.0.1?) 5106 2013-08-13 1.1.0 SDKV0.31 SDKV0.30 V13 5106 2013-08-13 5098 2013-08-13
2013-12-03[19] 1.02 5447 2013-11-25 1.1.0-27 SDKV0.32 ? ? 5447 2013-11-25 5442 2013-11-25
? ? 5447 ? ? V0.030.5447 V0.030.5447 ? ? ? ? ?
2014-05-27[20] 1.03? 6030 2014-03-31 1.1.0-46 V0.031.6030 V0.031.6030 V13 6031 2014-03-31 6026 2014-03-31 withdrawn on 2014-05-29
2014-05-29[21][20] V1.04 6030 2014-03-31 1.1.0-46 V0.032.6030 V0.032.6030 ? 6031 2014-03-31 6026 2014-03-31 help edition: 2014.03
2014-08-19[22] ? 6031 2014-07-02 1.1.0-46 V0.032.6030 ? ? 6031 2014-03-31 6026 2014-03-31 for HP StreamSmart 410
2014-12-02[23] ? 6940 2014-11-24 1.1.2-11 SDKV0.44_R.521 ? ? 6940 2014-11-24 6940 2014-11-24 withdrawn 2014-12-05
2014-12-15[23][24] ? 6975 2014-12-03 1.1.2-11 SDKV0.44_R.521 ? ? 6975 2014-12-03 6975 2014-12-03 help edition: 2014.06
2015-05-12[25] 1.2[26] 7820 2015-04-27 1.1.2-11 V0.037.526 ? ? 7820 2015-04-27 7820 2015-04-27
2015-06-23[27] 1.2.1 8151 2015-06-17 1.1.2-11 V0.037.526 or V0.041.558[28] ? ? 8151 2015-06-17 8151 2015-06-17
2016-04-06 ? 10024 2016-04-06 1.1.2-11 V0.042.570 ? ? 10024 2016-04-06 10024 2016-04-06
2016-04-21 ? 10077 2016-04-14 1.1.2-11 V0.042.570[29] ? ? 10077 2016-04-14 10077 2016-04-14 withdrawn on 2016-06-06
2016-08-29 ? 10637 2016-08-29 1.1.2-11 V0.048.635 ? V13 10637 2016-08-29 10637 2016-08-29 [30]
2016-10-21 ? 10637 2016-08-29 1.1.2-11 V0.048.635 ? V13 10638 2016-10-17 10638 2016-10-17 [31]
2016-12-12 1.3.1 10637 2016-08-29 1.1.2-11 V0.048.635 ? V13 11226 2016-12-08 11226 2016-12-08 [32]
? ? 10638 2016-10-17 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
2017-07-14 ? 12066 2017-07-10 1.1.2-11 V8291114.633 ? V16[28] ? 2017-07-10 ? 2017-07-10 [33][34][35]
2017-11-06 ? 12951 2017-11-06 1.4.9 ? ? ? 12951 2017-11-06 12951 2017-11-06 Public Beta 1[36]
2017-11-08 ? 12969 2017-11-08 1.4.9 ? ? ? 12951 2017-11-06 12951 2017-11-06 Public Beta 1 Update[37]
2017-11-15 ? 13012 2017-11-15 1.4.9 ? ? ? 13012 2017-11-15 13011 2017-11-15 Public Beta 2[38]
2017-12-11 ? 13217 2017-12-11 1.4.9 ? ? ? 13217? 2017-12-11 13217? 2017-12-11 Public Beta 3[39]
2018-01-31 1.4.0 13333 2018-01-24 ? ? ? ? 13333 2018-01-24 13333 2018-01-24 [40]
2018-02-21 1.4.1 13441 2018-02-12 ? V0.050.639[41] ? ? 13441 2018-02-12 13441 2018-02-12 [42]
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 13443 2018-02-12 [43]
2018-07-20 2.0.0 2.0.0.13865 2018-07-06 1.4.9 V0.050.640 ? ? 2.0.0.13865 2018-07-06 2.0.0.13865 2018-07-06 [41]
2018-07-20 2.0.0 2.0.0.13865 2018-07-06 1.4.9 V2.060.650 ? ? ? ? ? ? [44]
2018-09-17 ? 2.1.14091 2018-09-17 ? ? ? ? 2.1.14091 2018-09-17 2.1.14091 2018-09-17 Beta[45]

HP Prime Graphing Calculator app for Android:

Emulator release date Emulator release version Firmware build version Firmware build date CAS version Comment
2015-03-23? 1.0.7 ? 2015-03-10 1.1.2-11 help edition: 2015.06
2015-04-01? 1.0.8 ? 2015-03-27? ?
2015-07-06? 1.0.9 ? 2015-04-20 1.1.2-11
2015-10-23 1.1.5 ? ? 1.1.2-11
2015-10-27 1.1.7 8151 2015-07-28 1.1.2-11
? ? 10024 ? 1.1.2-11 Beta
2016-11-29 ? 11166 2016-12-08 1.1.2-11 Beta
2016-12-12 1.3.1 11226 2016-12-08 1.1.2-11 [32]
11456
2017-04-20 1.3.? 11586 2017-04-20 1.1.2-11
2017-11-16 1.3.2 13014 2017-11-15 1.4.9 [46]
2018-01-11 1.4.0.13270 2018-01-09 Beta[47]

HP Prime Graphing Calculator app for iOS:

Emulator release date Emulator release version Firmware build version Firmware build date CAS version Comment
2015-12-16?[48] 1.0? 9069 2015-11-02 1.1.2-11
2016-12-07 ? 11217 2016-12-06 1.1.2-11 Beta
2016-12-12 1.3.1 11226 2016-12-08 1.1.2-11 [32]
? 1.3.2 11455 2017-02-24 1.1.2-11
2017-12-13 1.4.0 13014 2017-11-15? 1.4.9 Beta 2

HP Prime Graphing Calculator app for Windows Store:

Emulator release date Emulator release version Firmware build version Firmware build date CAS version Comment
2016-12-07 1.3.1 11201 2016-12-05 1.1.2-11 Beta
2016-12-12 1.3.1 11226 2016-12-08 1.1.2-11 [32]

Images[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "HP Prime Graphing Calculator User Guide" (PDF). Hewlett-Packard. pp. 36, 47. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2014-09-06.
  4. ^ a b c d "HP Prime Data Sheet" (PDF). Hewlett-Packard. Retrieved 2014-09-06.
  5. ^ Seifert, Dan (2013-04-23). "HP's new Prime graphing calculator fights smartphone envy with a touchscreen and apps". The Verge. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
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  17. ^ https://fccid.io/R-REM-bta-HSTNJ-BC02
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  34. ^ "Can someone detail the new changes in 7-10-2017 update..." Hpmuseum.org. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
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  38. ^ "Public Beta Availiable (v2) - Win/Mac/Android/iOS/Firmware". Hpmuseum.org. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  39. ^ "Public Beta Availiable (v3) - Win/Mac/Firmware". Hpmuseum.org. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
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