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The TI-86 is a programmable graphing calculator introduced in 1997 and produced by Texas Instruments. The TI-86 utilizes the Zilog Z80 microprocessor. It is partially backwards-compatible with an older model, the TI-85.

The TI-86 can be thought of as the tier among various Texas Instruments calculators directly above the TI-83 and TI-84 line. In addition to having a larger screen than the TI-83, the TI-86 also allows the user to type in lower case and Greek letters and features five softkeys, which improve menu navigation and can be programmed by the user for quick access to common operations such as decimal-to-fraction conversion. The calculator also handles vectors, matrices and complex numbers better than TI-83.

Specifications

  • CPU: Zilog Z80 6 MHz
  • RAM: 128 KB, 96 KB user-accessible
  • ROM: 256 KB non-upgradable
  • Display: 128x64 pixels high-contrast monochrome LCD
  • Data Communication: Serial link port; allows two TI-86 calculators to be connected to each other, or one TI-86 to be connected to a PC, for data transfer via a special link cable
  • Programming Languages: TI-BASIC, Z80 Assembly (ASM)

External links

  • Features of the TI-86 (http://education.ti.com/us/product/tech/86/features/features.html)
  • ticalc.org (http://www.ticalc.org/) - The largest archive of TI programs this side of the intarweb
  • A site with frequent news features, tutorials, active forums, a large and convenient archive and more is CalcGames.org (http://www.calcgames.org)
  • Some TI-86 programs can be found at [1] (http://www.Cemetech.net).

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