There was 8 bit computers' rush on early 80's, and MSX was also born at that time, in 1983. This great computer was known well in many countries, such as Japan, Korea, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Brazil, Finland, and many other areas and was called 'The Ultimate 8bit computer'.
The MSX standard
The MSX series history
MSX1 was however weak to be Home computer, so MSX2 followed next to it. Although CPU and Sound chip are not changed, the graphics ability is reformed exceedingly; 128KB of VRAM, 512x212 with 16 colours of 512 colours, or, 256x212 with 256 colours at the same time. And some models have even 3.5 inch of FDD. Because of this good graphics ability, besides hundreds of games, some application softwares such as word processors appeared from some companies. In fact there was even a GUI OS (not just a shell) called 'HAL note' by HAL laboratory.
MSX2+ is not added so many changes from MSX2, and Z80 is still its CPU. The new feature is the expansion of its graphics; 20,000 colours can be shown at the same time. Some models have FM sound (6ch + drum). And all models have FDD. Until this time, 4,000,000 of MSX were sold on the world.
The last one got finally 16bit CPU R800 (28Mhz), MSX turboR, but unfortunately it was too late. There ware few commercial softwares for it so the market got reducing.
They're still developing!?
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