HP Prime

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HP Prime
HP Prime.jpg
HP Prime Graphing Calculator
Type CAS, Graphing, Programmable, Scientific
Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
Introduced October 2013
Latest firmware 11226 (2016-12-08)
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 400 MHz Samsung S3C2416XH-40 (ARM926EJ-S 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 manufactured by Hewlett-Packard (HP). It contains features common in smartphones, with a touchscreen and apps available to put onto it.[5] There are two sides to the calculator, a numeric home screen and a computer algebra system (CAS) homescreen. The calculator can quickly switch between the two, unlike its competitors, which either have a CAS model or a non-CAS model. The CAS is based on the free and open-source Xcas/Giac 1.1.2 engine by Bernard Parisse, who was also the main developer of the CAS system integrated into the HP 49G and successors. The calculator has a 1500 mAh battery, which is expected to last up to 15 hours on a single charge. Prime emulator PC software is available as well.

It has also, for now (2016), taken the title for the world's smallest CAS calculator at 18.23×8.58 cm and is also the thinnest CAS calculator available currently, with a thickness of only 1.39 cm.[4]

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.[6] 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.[7] It is however starting to be accepted in other examinations, like those run by the Dutch CvTE,[8] the Swiss IB,[9] or Alberta (Canada)[10] 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.[11]

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 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).[12] 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.[13][14] It still carries the model number G8X92AA and reports a hardware revision of C, but the package shows a 2016 copyright.[15]

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[16] 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[17] 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[18][19] 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[20]  ? 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[21]  ? 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[22][23]  ? 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[24] 1.2[25] 7820 2015-04-27 1.1.2-11 V0.037.526  ?  ? 7820 2015-04-27 7820 2015-04-27
2015-06-23[26] 1.2.1 8151 2015-06-17 1.1.2-11 V0.037.526  ?  ? 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  ?  ?  ? 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 [27]
2016-10-21  ? 10637 2016-08-29 1.1.2-11 V0.048.635  ? V13 10638 2016-10-17 10638 2016-10-17 [28]
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 [29]

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 [29]
11456

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?[30] 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 [29]

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 [29]

Images[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kuperus, Klaas (2015-03-04). "HP 50g: End of an era". Moravia. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. 
  2. ^ "HP Prime Graphing Calculator User Guide" (PDF). The Calculator Store. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  3. ^ "HP Prime Graphing Calculator User Guide" (PDF). Hewlett-Packard. pp. 36, 47. 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. 
  6. ^ "HP Prime Graphing Calculator Exam Mode" (PDF). hpcc.org. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  7. ^ "Can I use a calculator?". actstudent.org. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  8. ^ "Mededeling vooruitblik hulpmiddelen CE 2017 en 2018". Examenblad. 2015-02-16. Retrieved 2015-03-05. 
  9. ^ "HP Prime approved for International Baccalaureate (IB)". 2015-02-17. Retrieved 2015-03-08. 
  10. ^ "Writing Diploma Examinations Using Calculators" (PDF). Alberta Education. August 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-05. 
  11. ^ "Introducing HP Prime" (PDF). hpcc.org. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  12. ^ "Which hardware revision do you have?". Retrieved 2014-10-23. 
  13. ^ http://www.hpmuseum.org/forum/thread-6674-post-59540.html#pid59540
  14. ^ http://www.hpmuseum.org/forum/thread-6916.html
  15. ^ http://www.hpmuseum.org/forum/thread-7891-post-70630.html#pid70630
  16. ^ http://www.educalc.net/2336459.page
  17. ^ http://www.hpmuseum.org/forum/thread-1424.html
  18. ^ http://www.hpmuseum.org/forum/thread-1463.html
  19. ^ http://www.hpmuseum.org/forum/thread-1424.html
  20. ^ http://www.hpmuseum.org/forum/thread-1996.html
  21. ^ http://www.hpmuseum.org/forum/thread-2536.html
  22. ^ http://www.hpmuseum.org/forum/thread-2536.html
  23. ^ http://www.educalc.net/2336510.page
  24. ^ http://www.hpmuseum.org/forum/thread-3823.html
  25. ^ http://hp-prime.de/files/composite_file/file/169-hp-prime-support-notice-2015-04-27.pdf
  26. ^ http://www.hpmuseum.org/forum/thread-4209-post-37852.html
  27. ^ http://www.hpmuseum.org/forum/attachment.php?aid=3864
  28. ^ http://www.hpmuseum.org/forum/thread-7086.html
  29. ^ a b c d http://www.hpmuseum.org/forum/thread-7420.html
  30. ^ http://www.hpmuseum.org/forum/thread-5346.html

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