MSX2

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MSX2
Basic Information
Type(s)
Home Computer
ASCII Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
PhilipsSony CorporationSanyoMitsubishiJVCToshibaPanasonicCanonYamahaDaewooNTT and Talent
MSX
MSX2+
United Nations International Release
MSX2
1985
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MSX2 is a standard for home computer architecture, and succeeds the original MSX specification. It was itself succeeded by the MSX2+ specification.

Specifications[edit | edit source]

Technical Specifications
CPU Zilog Z80A @ 3.58 MHz
Clock Chip Ricoh RP5C01 (or compatible)
RAM 64 kB minimum
ROM
  • 48 kB
    • 32 kB for the BIOS + Extended BIOS
    • 16 kB for MSX BASIC 2.0 or 2.1
    • DiskROM (16 kB, optional)
    • MSX-Audio BIOS (32 kB, optional)
Graphics
  • Increased number of, and more advanced sprites: 32, 16 colors, max 8 per horizontal line
  • Hardware acceleration for copy, line, fill, etc.
  • Interlacing to double vertical resolution
  • A vertical scroll register
  • Vertical and horizontal display offset register
  • New bitmapped video modes without the attribute clash under MSX hardware
GPU Yamaha V9938
Graphics RAM 128 kB
Resolution
  • 512 × 212 (16 colors)
  • 256 × 212 (256 colors)
  • Text modes: 80 × 24
Media Floppy Disk, Datasette, Cartridge

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