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Stellar Electronique

What a weird system ! After their Combat Lunaire, Stellar Electronique announced a brand new and revolutionary system : Micromat, also named "micro-ordinateur de jeux, fonctions universelles", i.e. "gaming micro-computer, universal fonctions". What a program ! It seems to be an original mix between a check board gaming system, a micro-computer and a video-game system !!

The system uses almost the same plastic case as the Combat Lunaire system, though it is black here. There is a check board built-in the case used to play checkerboard games like tic-tac-toe, checkers, chess, etc. All moves of a game session can be saved on tape, and reloaded to finish it !

But games can also be loaded from cartridge, tape and even vinyl records ! The system can be connected to a TV to play video games, though there is a built-in display (8 digits, 14 segments)... There are sound features but specs are unknown.

Interaction is made through a knob and fire switch (button?) built-in the part of the system. There is also a 18 keys keypad next to the checkboard. Games listed in the press release were : tic-tac-toe, checker, chess, bridge, lunar landing, star war, chess, go... The system is described as "the first universal mini-computer of great power mainly aimed at games".

It is not clear if this system was ever released, but it was for sure a very original and interesting object !

We need more info about this console ! If you designed, used, or have more info about this system, please send us pictures or anything you might find useful.
NAME  Micromat
MANUFACTURER  Stellar Electronique
ORIGIN  France
YEAR  june 1979
CONTROLLERS  controls built-in the system : 1 dial, 1 switch, 18 keys keyboard
CPU  Z80
RAM  Unknown
COLORS  Unknown
SOUND  Yes (specs unknown)
SIZE / WEIGHT  (38 x 22 x 7 cm)
I/O PORTS  video output, tape / vinyl record interface
MEDIA  vinyl records (!), magnetic tapes, cartridges
PERIPHERALS  memory expansion
PRICE  4000 FF (France, June 1979)

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