TI-73 series

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TI-73
Ti 73 Graphing Calculator.jpg
Ti-73
Type Graphing calculator
Manufacturer Texas Instruments
Introduced 1998
Predecessor TI-80
Successor TI-73 Explorer
Calculator
Entry mode D.A.L.
CPU
Processor Zilog Z80
Frequency 6 MHz
Programming
Programming language(s) TI-BASIC
User memory 25 KB RAM
64 KB flash ROM
Firmware memory 512 KB
Other
Power supply 4 AAA's,
1 CR1616 or CR1620
Weight 182 grams (6.4 oz)
Dimensions 183 mm × 81 mm × 20 mm (7.2 in × 3.2 in × 0.80 in)
TI-73 Explorer
TI-73-Explorer.jpg
Type Graphing calculator
Manufacturer Texas Instruments
Introduced 2003
Predecessor TI-73
Calculator
Entry mode D.A.L.
Precision 14
CPU
Processor Zilog Z80
Frequency 6 MHz
Programming
Programming language(s) TI-BASIC
User memory 25 KB RAM
128 KB flash ROM
Firmware memory 512 KB
Other
Power supply 4 AAA's,
1 CR1620
Weight 182 grams (6.4 oz)
Dimensions 183 mm × 81 mm × 20 mm (7.2 in × 3.2 in × 0.80 in)

The TI-73 series is a series of graphing calculators made by Texas Instruments, all of which have identical hardware.

The original TI-73 graphing calculator was originally designed in 1998 as a replacement for the TI-80 for use at a middle school level (grades 6-9). Its primary advantage over the TI-80 is its 512 KB of flash memory, which holds the calculator's operating system and thereby allows the calculator to be upgraded. Other advantages over the TI-80 are the TI-73's standard sized screen (as opposed to the TI-80's smaller screen), the addition of a link port, 25 KB of RAM (as compared to the TI-80's 7 KB of RAM), and a faster 6 MHz Zilog Z80 processor (as compared with the TI-80's 980 kHz proprietary processor). The TI-73 also uses the standard 4 AAA batteries with a lithium backup battery (instead of the TI-80's 2 CR2032 lithium batteries).

In 2003, the TI-73 was redesigned with a sleek new body shape and redesignated the TI-73 Explorer to indicate its currently intended use as a bridge between the TI-15 Explorer and similar calculators and the TI-83 Plus, TI-84 Plus, and similar calculators. Later, the TI-73 Explorer was remodeled to resemble the TI-84 Plus graphing calculator more closely.

Due to lack of demand in middle schools, the TI-73 and TI-73 Explorer have not been huge sellers for TI and are not carried by most retail stores. Most American upper-level middle school algebra courses generally tend to use the TI-83 or TI-84 families instead of the TI-73 or TI-73 Explorer, while most basic middle school math courses generally do not use graphing calculators, instead opting for scientific calculators such as the TI-30 or TI-34 families.

Originally the TI-73 could only run programs written in TI-BASIC, although that has changed in recent years. In 2005 an assembly shell called Mallard was released for the TI-73. Mallard allows the user to run programs written in assembly language. As with the TI-82 and the TI-85 before, a hacked backup file is downloaded containing the assembly shell.

Released in late 2008, the Windows utility Chameleon allows a user to load the TI-73 Explorer with a slightly modified TI-83+ firmware, giving it nearly equivalent functionality.

In 2009, Texas Instruments updated the skin of the TI-73 Explorer to match the shape of the larger TI-84 Plus's case. This resulted in a slight increase in mass from 182 grams to 208 grams. The hardware and software remained unchanged and is identical to an older unit wearing the TI-83 plus style casing.

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  1. ^ Wilson, Brandon (Feb 24, 2009). "Chameleon - ticalc.org". Retrieved May 12, 2009. 

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