|Developer(s)||The TilEm Team|
2.00 / June 8, 2012
|Operating system||Linux/Unix, FreeBSD, Microsoft Windows|
|Website||The TilEm Website|
TilEm is an emulator that simulates certain Texas Instruments calculators on a generic computer. It is similar to TiEmu, uses GTK+, and works on many different operating systems like Linux/Unix, FreeBSD, 32-bit Microsoft Windows and so on.
In computing, an emulator is hardware or software that enables one computer system to behave like another computer system. An emulator typically enables the host system to run software or use peripheral devices designed for the guest system. Emulation refers to the ability of a computer program in an electronic device to emulate another program or device. Many printers, for example, are designed to emulate Hewlett-Packard LaserJet printers because so much software is written for HP printers. If a non-HP printer emulates an HP printer, any software written for a real HP printer will also run in the non-HP printer emulation and produce equivalent printing. Since at least the 1990s, many video game enthusiasts have used emulators to play classic arcade games from the 1980s using the games' original 1980s machine code and data, which is interpreted by a current-era system.
TiEmu is an emulator that works on many different operating systems like Linux/Unix, macOS, FreeBSD, Microsoft Windows and so on. It emulates the Motorola 68000 series Texas Instruments graphing calculators. TiEmu is licensed under the GPL.
If you have a copy of the information in the ROM from one of the ZiLOG Z80 series Texas Instruments Graphing Calculators (TI-82, TI-83 series, TI-84 Plus series, TI-85, TI-86, and TI-81), TilEm will emulate the behavior of the calculator without requiring the actual calculator hardware.
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TilEm is licensed under the GPL License.
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