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I > INTERVISION > 2001 - Home Video Centre   

2001 - Home Video Centre

The Intervision 2001 is one of the many systems "software-compatible" with the Arcadia 2001 or the MPT-03 systems to name a few.

Though, the Emerson Arcadia 2001 is the maybe most popular system of this console group, it was not necessarily at the origin of it. Things must be seen differently. Philips / Signetics developped a hardware platform to demonstrate the possibilities of their Signetics 2650 & 2636 chipsets. Somehow, this hardware was licenced to many third-companies around the world resulting in systems like the Interton VC-4000, Voltmace DataBase, Acetronic MPU-1000, Radofin 1292, etc. Most electronic boards of these systems were build in Asia by companies such as Radofin or Soundic.

Some times later, the hardware was improved, with the use of a Signetics 2637 instead of the 2636 (handling the audio & video), somehow resulting in a new wave of licenced systems, all based on the same hardware and playing the same games. This is what is the Intervision 2001. This console group includes : the Emerson Arcadia 2001, Advision Home-Arcade, MPT-03 systems, M1800 systems, Tele-Fever, etc.

All these systems (based on the 2650 & 2637 chipsets) are "software-compatible" with each others. It means that they all could play each other games if their cartridge slots were identical (which is not the case, resulting in sub-groups).

The Intervision 2001 was marketed at least in Finland and Switzerland. It's very similar to the Sheen Home Video Centre 2001 (Australia) and the Ormatu Video Spelcomputer 2001 (Netherlands). These two use the same plastic case and have M1800 motherboards.

The Intervision 2001 is equiped with two detachable controllers made of a screwable analog joystick and a 14-buttons keypad (rubber buttons). Small plastic layers were delivered with each game, explaining the different key functions when placed over the keypads (like with the Mattel Intellivision).

The Control panel is made of 4 buttons (Start, Clear, Select A and Select B) and the power switch.

The Intervision 2001 was followed by an Intervision 3001 model which look similar in every points. Maybe there is a difference on the motherboard. Can anyone confirm this ?

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NAME  2001 - Home Video Centre
ORIGIN  Hong Kong
YEAR  ? 1982
CONTROLLERS  Two detachable controllers made of a screwable analog joystick and a 14-buttons keypad
CPU  Signetics 2650A
SPEED  3.58 Mhz
CO-PROCESSOR  Signetics 2637 (Audio & video processing unit)
RAM  1024 bytes
ROM  None in the conventional sense, though there was some built into the processor chips.
GRAPHIC MODES  128 x 208 / 128 x 104
SOUND  Single channel beeper
I/O PORTS  RF video output, Power in
MEDIA  Cartridges
NUMBER OF GAMES  about 30 cartridges
POWER SUPPLY  External power supply unit: 9v DC 750 mA - -(o- +
PRICE  Unknown

Software for this system!

M12 1982 UA Limited (developer)
7 1982 UA Limited (publisher)

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