A source from Texas Instruments has given us some additional information on the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition calculator, and officially confirmed some specs that an anonymous TI source had shared with us. On a page about the TI-84+CSE that has just been unveiled, TI reveals technical specifications (all confirmations of information we had already collected), FAQs about the calculator and its operating system, a comparison chart to the TI-84+ (non-color) Silver Edition and the TI-Npire CX, and a gallery. Among the most salient points that this page reveals:
:: As we reported, the TI-84+CSE will have 3.5MB of user-accessible Flash and 21KB of user-accessible RAM.
:: The device will have a rechargeable battery good for 5 days of classroom use or 2 weeks of homework use. To us, this implies 5 to 10 hours of use on a single charge.
:: The calculator can exchange data with earlier calculator using unit-to-unit link cables.
:: The TI-84+CSE supports both TI-BASIC and ASM, although my sources confirm that all ASM programs and some TI-BASIC programs will not be compatible from previous versions.
:: TI-Connect will be getting a much-needed upgrade, at least repairing Mac OS X support and hopefully also resolving issues with Direct USB transfers.
:: The calculator will support "MathPrint everywhere" and will remain accepted on the SAT, ACT, and other standardized tests.
Be sure to rifle through the new page about the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition, examine the FAQs and technical specifications, ooh and aah over the gallery, and continue guessing what kind of processor this new calculator may have. Our sources are still unable to confirm the processor or the programming differences, but as soon as that information is publicly available, you can be sure we'll be bringing it to you. What do you want to know about this new calculator? Be sure to tell us in the attached discussion; we might even be able to find out for you.
In addition, an official press release on the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition will be rolling out some time in early January, so keep your fingers crossed until then. And of course, as soon as we have our hands on a review calculator, you'll be getting the A to Z on the TI-84+CSE, inside and out.