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Introduction

The first retro home-console I got. Released in autumn 1993 the Jaguar the worlds first 64 bit game console. Some people say it’s not truely 64 bit, but frankly, I don’t really care about that, it plays it’s games and that’s all that counts.

Specifications

Processor: the Jaguar has 2 blocks of processors for a total count of 5 processors:
‘Tom’
32-bit RISC GPU. [programmable]
64-bit RISC Object PU.
64-bit RISC Blitting PU
‘Jerry’
32 bit DSP.
Also PPU: Motorolla 16 bit 68000 running at 13.295 MHz
Here, as you can see, only 2 out of 5 processors are 64 bit and that is the reason that the Jaguar is sometimes not considered to be a true 64 bit console.
Memory: 2 MB DRAM
Display: 16.8 million colors of true colour pallette. Programmable processor that can act as a variety of different video architectures, such as a sprite engine, a pixel-mapped display or character-mapped system.
Sound: CD-quality sound (16-bit stereo). Number of sound channels dependant on software. 2 DAC’s. Stereo capabilities, Wavetable synthesis, AM synthesis, FM synthesis, FM Sample synthesis.
Ports: Cartridge slot/expansion port (32 bits), RF video output, Video edge connector (video/audio output)
(supports NTSC and PAL; provides S-Video, Composite, RGB outputs, accessible by optional add-on connector), 2 controller ports, Digital Signal Processor port (includes high-speed synchronous serial input / output), 9600 baud serial port (with optional interface).
Source: www.retrogames.co.uk

Pictures


Atari Jaguar

Atari Jaguar

Jaguar Controller

Jaguar controller with overlay

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