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gerrydoire
October 30th, 2013, 10:35 AM
Seeing any information on the
IBM 27F4943XM Speech talk Adapter.

The board uses a mouse like connector, information
on the web seems to be scarce.

People selling this card mistaken it for a Mouse Card.

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PeterNC
October 31st, 2013, 04:29 AM
Interesting. What software would utilize this? Proprietary IBM software?

gerrydoire
October 31st, 2013, 12:30 PM
Interesting. What software would utilize this? Proprietary IBM software?

No idea really, I can't find "shit" about this card.

Cloudschatze
October 31st, 2013, 12:53 PM
It's the IBM PS/2 Speech Adapter card, capable of LPC and CVSD-format playback via the TI TMS5220C and Motorola MC3418 chips, respectively. The card is basically unusable without the external speaker/headphone box that attaches to the mini-DIN port.

Here is an auction for the complete card/speaker pairing:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-PS-2-Speech-Adapter-Kit-P-N-1501216-New-Un-Used-Parts-/230728393606

There's been some recent discussion about the Speech Adapter (PS/2 and PCjr) on Mike Brutman's forum:
http://www.brutman.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=360


Here is a list of (mostly educational) software purportedly compatible with the Speech Adapter:

Access Software
Amazon: Guardians of Eden
Countdown
Links: The Challenge of Golf

Compton's
MultiMedia Encyclopedia

Hartley Courseware
Project STAR
Brick by Brick (series)
The Money Series

IBM
Bouncy Bee Learns Letters
Bouncy Bee Learns Words
Exploring Measurement, Time, and Money - Level I
LinkWay
Primary Editor Plus
Spelling - Level I
Storyboard Plus 2.0
Writing to Read

Public-Domain LinkWay folders (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!original/comp.internet.net-happenings/rXJsklJuhiE/oe61QycdWdIJ):
Bullet Firing: Stroboscopic Photography
NewsLink: On-Line Newspaper
COB ON A COT: Primary Reader
Purdue University
Cliff's Notes: Huckleberry Finn & Oliver Twist
Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard


Other products providing Speech Adapter compatibility include IBM's ACPA and Audiovation cards, Digispeech's DS201A and DS301A (and possibly the DS311), and DoubleTalk's PC/LT products.

PeterNC
November 1st, 2013, 08:54 AM
Very nice. Thanks.

Great Hierophant
November 1st, 2013, 09:46 AM
The PS/2 Speech Adapter is derived from the PCjr. Speech Attachment and uses the same TI TMS5220C/TSP5220C chip. Since it uses the ISA bus, and the PCjr.'s bus is mostly the same, I wonder if the card would work with the older software without a TSR program. The Digispeech devices require a TSR loaded for IBM Speech compatibility, and it may not work with all programs.

Cloudschatze
November 1st, 2013, 10:15 AM
It's not just Digispeech - all of the mentioned devices claiming Speech Adapter compatibility use a similar, BIOS-emulating TSR.

Here are a few additional titles that support the Speech Adapter:

First Byte / Zugware
Zug's Adventures on Eco Island
Zug's Dinosaur World
Zug's Race Through Space
Zug's Spelling Adventures

Cloudschatze
December 20th, 2013, 01:13 PM
The design of the external module for the Speech Adapter appears to allow for sliding and snapping it into one of the front module bays of a Model 30 or similar, to then be plugged into the internal mini-DIN socket found only on the earlier SA cards. This "internal" configuration doesn't appear to be advertised or mentioned anywhere, inexplicably, but would be interesting to see.

Cloudschatze
December 23rd, 2013, 10:26 PM
So, with apologies to the original image owner and to Photoshop users the world over, here's an "artist's rendition" of what the Model 30 might look like with the Speech Adapter's module internally installed...

http://www.symphoniae.com/misc/8530_SA.jpg

Cloudschatze
January 1st, 2014, 10:59 AM
Other products providing Speech Adapter compatibility include IBM's ACPA and Audiovation cards, Digispeech's DS201A and DS301A (and possibly the DS311), and DoubleTalk's PC/LT products.

Street Electronics' Echo PCII (not the "PC2") can be added to the list.

That's a ridiculous amount of hardware compatibility for a device with such limited software support. I think this puts the IBM Speech Adapter into computing "standards" territory.

pl212
November 14th, 2014, 06:24 PM
I don't have a spare Model 30 to test Cloudschatze's idea, but here's the underside of the adapter -- you can see the plastic tracks. Presumably the rubber feet would have to be removed?

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5611/15789441141_6d7bb0b03c.jpg

pl212
March 19th, 2016, 02:26 PM
Speaker inside is a 2.25" Shogyo 57RP01, I can report. 8 ohm, 0.3 watt.