The FM Towns Marty console, which was released by Fujitsu in Japan in 1993.
The FM Towns Marty was a video game console released in 1993 by Fujitsu, exclusively for the Japanese market. It was the first 32 bit home video game system, and had a CD ROM and disk drive built-in. It was based on the FM Towns computer system Fujitsu had released in 1989. The Marty was backward compatible with the older computer's games. Three models of the Marty were produced, though they seem to differ only cosmetically. Photograph of the FM Towns Marty console, used with kind permission from www. ... Photograph of the FM Towns Marty console, used with kind permission from www. ... The Nintendo GameCube is an example of a current generation video game console. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) is 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). ... Fujitsu is a Japanese company specializing in semiconductors, computers (supercomputers, personal computers, servers), telecommunications, and services, and is headquartered in Tokyo. ... This article is about the unit of information. ... The CD-ROM (an abbreviation for Compact Disc Read-Only Memory) is a non-volatile optical data storage medium using the same physical format as audio compact discs, readable by a computer with a CD-ROM drive. ... Disk Drive is the afternoon show on CBC Radio Two. ... The FM TOWNS (also spelled FM-TOWNS, FM Towns and FM-Towns) system is a Japanese PC variant, built by Fujitsu from February 1989 to Summer 1997. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In technology, especially computing, a product is said to be backward compatible when it is able to take the place of an older product, by interoperating with other products that were designed for the older product. ...
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The name "FMTowns" is derived from the codename the system was assigned while in development, "Townes"; this was chosen as an homage to Charles Hard Townes, one of the winners of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics, following a custom of Fujitsu at the time to codename PC products after Nobel prize winners.
The FMTowns featured video modes ranging from 320×240 to 640×480, with 16 to 32768 simultaneous colours out of a possible 4096 to 16.7 million (depending on the video mode); most of these video modes had two memory pages, and it allowed the use of up to 1024 sprites of 16×16 pixels each.
The FMTowns system was able to play regular audio CDs, and also supported the use of eight PCM voices and six FM channels, thanks to Ricoh RF5C68 and Yamaha YM-2612 chipsets, respectively.
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