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The JVC-95 conformed to the maximum graphics specification of the MSX-2 standard. However, like the Pioneer PX-7 it also carried a sophisticated hardware interface that handled video superimposition and various interactive video processing features.

In fact, the case housed two separate electronic cards. One was purely MSX, the second was dedicated to additional video functions. Several programs were bundled with the system, they allowed pictures, graphs ot texts to be mixed with any video source.

Another interesting aspect of the HC-95 hardware was it's double prrocessor feature. User could select between the usual Z80A/3.5 MHz processor and a custom JVC processor called HD64180, running at 6 MHz.

JVC tried to sell its HC-95 in Europe with no success, probably because of the Commodore Amiga competition. The Amiga already had built-in video superimposition function (GenLock). Eventually it has been sold only in Japan.



Correction, there is no native mode on the 64180. That''s a feature on the Hitachi 6309
A 6 MHz 64180 is supposed to be twice as fast as a 4 MHz Z80
BYTE magazine published a design for a CP/M compatible 64180 system in the Sept/Oct 1985 issues

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TYPE  Home Computer
YEAR  1986
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke 73 key with 5 function keys, numeric keypad and 4 arrow keys
CPU  Zilog Z80A and HD64180 (custom JVC processor)
SPEED  3.58 MHz (Z80A) - 6 MHz (HD64180)
CO-PROCESSOR  Video Display Processor : V9938 (MSX-VIDEO)
RAM  64 KB
VRAM  128 KB
ROM  86 KB (48 KB BASIC, 16 KB Disc BASIC, 16 KB System)
TEXT MODES  40 x 24 / 32 x 24
GRAPHIC MODES  64 x 48 / 256 x 192 / 256 x 212 / 512 x 212
SOUND  3 channels, 8 octaves
SIZE / WEIGHT  40.5 (W) x 38.1 (D) x 7.6 (H) cm. / 7 Kg.
I/O PORTS  Parallel, 1 cartridge slot, Tape recorder, Serial RS232, TV/RF, Composite video in/out, audio Left/Right in/out, RGB video in/out, 2 x joysticks, 2 x custom card slots
BUILT IN MEDIA  2 x 3.5'' floppy disc drives (720 KB double side, double density)
OS  MSX Basic 2.0
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in switching power supply unit
PRICE  From £800 - 19800 Yens

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