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Panasonic
FS A1 WX / WSX

After Microsoft left the MSX project in 1986, ASCII continued alone. They presented a new improvement of the MSX 2 standard in 1988.

No great enhancements, the MSX 2+ has 19268 colors instead of 512, some more graphic / KANJI resolutions and the built in MSX-Music, providing 9 channels of FM sound without drums or 6 channels FM sound with 5 FM drums.

The Panasonic FS A1 WX features the Rensha Turbo, which is a built-in auto-fire system. The repetition speed can be adjusted with a slider. Its ROM contains A1 Cockpit Internal Software, MSX Word Processor, MSX-JE, FM-BIOS (MSX Music Basic ROM) and JIS 1st+2nd Class Kanji Support (256KB).

The Panasonic FS A1 WSX is the successor of the FS A1 WX from which it differs very slightly: no tape support anymore, S-Video interface added and color print support with Word Processor (and color printer).

Contrary to Sony and Sanyo MSX2+ systems which used a Z80A, the Panasonic systems used a Z80B cpu which could be set up to 6 MHz.

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Saturday 6th April 2013
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NAME  FS A1 WX / WSX
MANUFACTURER  Panasonic
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  Japan
YEAR  A1 WX : 1988
A1 WSX : 1989
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  MSX-BASIC V3.0
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke keyboard with 5 function keys, 4 arrow keys, numeric keypad & several special keys
CPU  Z80B
SPEED  3.57 Mhz and 6 Mhz
CO-PROCESSOR  Yamaha V9958 Video Display Processor
RAM  64 KB
VRAM  128 KB
ROM  32 KB (Basic & BIOS) + 16 KB (SUB ROM > MSX-BASIC V3.0) + 16 KB (KANJI BASIC ROM + KANJI ROM) + 16 KB (DISK ROM) + 16 KB (built-in software)
TEXT MODES  40 x 24 / 32 x 24
GRAPHIC MODES  Same as MSX2 specs, plus 256 ~ 212/424 (19268 colors), 512x212 (16 colors)
Additional KANJI screen modes (Japanese text screen modes): 40x24, 32x24, 256x192, 64x48
COLORS  19268
SOUND  PSG (3 voices) + MSX-Music (OPLL YM-2413, 9 channel FM synthesizer)
I/O PORTS  Joysticks, Cardridge(2), Tape(1200/2400 bauds), RGB video output, CVBS/RF video output, Centronics, Sound output
BUILT IN MEDIA  720 KB 3,5'' floppy drive built in
OS  MSX DOS
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in PSU


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