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Encyclopedia > Amstrad Mega PC
Amstrad Mega PC
Publicity image of the Mega PC published by Amstrad
Manufacturer Amstrad (licenced by Sega)
Type Video game console / Personal computer
Generation Fourth generation (16-bit era)
First available European Union 1993
Australia 1993
CPU 16-bit Intel 80386
Media Cartridge, Diskette
System storage Hard Drive, Floppy Disk

The Mega PC was manufactured and released by Amstrad in 1993 under licence from Sega, which was a similar, but unrelated system to the Sega TeraDrive. It was initially released in PAL areas such as Europe and Australia. Its success was very shortlived due to its very high retail price (£599 + VAT), which averged almost 3 times more expensive than the release price of the Sega TeraDrive. It is slightly easier and cheaper to acquire an Amstrad Mega PC in Europe than it is to acquire a Sega TeraDrive elsewhere. Image File history File links AmstradMegaPC.png Promotional image designed to illustrate the multiple uses of the Armstrad Mega PC. Image was cropped and reformatted, the source is a scan of an advertisement. ... A console manufacturer is a company that manufactures and distributes video game consoles. ... Amstrad is a manufacturer of electronics based in Brentwood in Essex, England and founded in 1968 by Sir Alan Michael Sugar in the UK. The name is a contraction of Alan Michael Sugar Trading. ... Sega Corporation ) is an international video game software and hardware developing company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Console wars. ... Home video-game systems became popular during the 1970s and 80s. ... In the history of video games, the 16-bit era was the fourth generation of video game consoles. ... Image File history File links European_flag. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Australia. ... CPU redirects here. ... The Intel 80386 is a microprocessor which was used as the central processing unit (CPU) of many personal computers from 1986 until 1994 and later. ... In various types of electronic equipment, a cartridge can refer one method of adding different functionality or content (e. ... A floppy disk is a data storage device that comprises a circular piece of thin, flexible (hence floppy) magnetic storage medium encased in a square or rectangular plastic wallet. ... Typical hard drives of the mid-1990s. ... A floppy disk is a data storage device that is composed of a disk of thin, flexible (floppy) magnetic storage medium encased in a square or rectangular plastic shell. ... Amstrad is a manufacturer of electronics based in Brentwood in Essex, England and founded in 1968 by Sir Alan Michael Sugar in the UK. The name is a contraction of Alan Michael Sugar Trading. ... Sega Corporation ) is an international video game software and hardware developing company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ... The TeraDrive was a 16-bit PC with an integrated Mega Drive, manufactured by IBM for Sega. ... World map showing Europe A satellite composite image of Europe Europe is one of the seven traditional continents of the Earth. ... vat can be a type of barrel used for storage. ...

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Specification

Specifications
Processor Intel 80386 @ 25MHz

Motorola 68000 @ 7.14MHz The Intel 80386 is a microprocessor which was used as the central processing unit (CPU) of many personal computers from 1986 until 1994 and later. ... The Motorola 68000 is a 32-bit CISC microprocessor from Motorola. ...

Memory 1MB SIMM RAM (4MB Capacity)
Storage 3.5" FDD, 40MB HDD
Video SVGA Graphics with 256KB RAM
Operating System Windows 3.11 with MS DOS 5.0
Dimensions 325mm(w) x 78mm(h) x 292mm(d)

In general, the Mega PC was a much nicer build than that of Sega's TeraDrive. The unit itself was more robust and it accommodated for air circulation more efficiently than that of the TeraDrive. 30- (top) and 72-pin (bottom) SIMMs. ... Look up RAM, Ram, ram in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A floppy disk is a data storage device that is composed of a disk of thin, flexible (floppy) magnetic storage medium encased in a square or rectangular plastic shell. ... Super Video Graphics Array, almost always abbreviated to Super VGA or just SVGA is a broad term that covers a wide range of computer display standards. ... An operating system (OS) is a computer program that manages the hardware and software resources of a computer. ... A typical Windows 3. ... MS-DOS (for Microsoft Disk Operating System) is an operating system commercialized by Microsoft. ...


Although it boasted a higher specification than the Sega TeraDrive, it was unable to act as a Software Development Kit due to the inability to interact both the PC and the Mega Drive together, as it was literally just a PC with Sega Mega Drive hardware bundled inside. A cover on the front of the unit prevented the ability to play Mega Drive games while interacting with the PC side at the same time, as it was impossible for a Mega Drive game cartridge to be inserted while using the PC side of the machine. A software development kit (SDK or devkit) is typically a set of development tools that allows a software engineer to create applications for a certain software package, software framework, hardware platform, computer system, video game console, operating system or similar. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world. ...




Peripherals

Amstrad bundled several peripherals with its Mega PC; these included:

  • Dual sync 15 kHz/31 kHz Amstrad branded 14" white monitor
  • Standard Mega Drive white control pad with Amstrad branding
  • Amstrad white joystick
  • Standard Amstrad keyboard and mouse using serial interface

A male DE-9 connector used for a serial port on a PC style computer. ...

Input/Output

The machine's rear contained several I/O ports, which included: 2 COM ports, 25-pin LPT port, VGA port for a monitor, speaker/headphone jack with additional volume control and an MIDI port for a joystick. A male DE-9 connector used for a serial port on a PC style computer. ... LPT is the original, yet still common, name of the parallel port interface on IBM PC-compatible computers. ... Musical Instrument Digital Interface, or MIDI, is a system designed to transmit information between electronic musical instruments. ...


Whereas the Sega TeraDrive included stereo RCA jacks and composite NTSC video output for connection to a TV, the Mega PC lacked this feature, and thus lacked the ability to connect to a television set. This is more than likely due to the fact that the Mega PC was designed to only allow 1 section of the unit to be used at any given time, so to provide the ability for a 2nd video output wouldn't have been worthwhile. Therefore, outputs from both the PC and Mega Drive units was available only through the SVGA connector to the supplied dual-sync (15 kHz/31 kHz) monitor. A panel of four RCA jacks, and three RCA (cinch; phono) plugs of various quality RCA jack in PlayStation 2 An RCA jack, also referred to as a phono connector or CINCH/AV connector, is a type of electrical connector which is commonly used in the audio/video market. ... The term composite can refer to several different things: A dental composite is an type of tooth filling material made of a plastic matrix containing high-strength quartz filler particles. ... NTSC is the analog television system in use in Canada, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, the United States, and some other countries, mostly in the Americas (see map). ...


Mega Plus

Amstrad later released a second system as the sucessor to the Mega PC, by the name of the Amstrad Mega Plus. This boasted a slightly higher specification with an upgraded processor to an Intel 80486 running at 33MHz, along with a RAM upgrade to its capacity of 4MB. // Overview The exposed die of an Intel 80486DX2 microprocessor. ...


See Also

Amstrad is a manufacturer of electronics based in Brentwood in Essex, England and founded in 1968 by Sir Alan Michael Sugar in the UK. The name is a contraction of Alan Michael Sugar Trading. ... The TeraDrive was a 16-bit PC with an integrated Mega Drive, manufactured by IBM for Sega. ...

External links

  • http://www.uk.playright.dk/raretitel.php?id=13883
  • Amstrad Mega PC article at Assembler

 
 

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