* CPU: Z80A 3.58 MHz
* Co-Processor: Texas Instruments TMS9928A (Video display unit), Texas Instruments SN76489AN (Sound generator)
* RAM: 8 KB
* VRAM: 16 KB (8 x 4116 memory chips)
* Graphics Modes: 259 x 192
* Colors: 16
* Sound: 3 tone channels, 1 noise (Texas Instruments SN76489AN)
* I/O Ports: Power in, 2x Cartridge slot, Video output, Expansion connector, 2 x controller connectors
* Controllers: 2 controllers with pad and two fire buttons; 12 numeric buttons and a Pause button are present on the unit (the former mimic the Coleco keypad buttons, the latter can be used with SG-1000 games)
* Media: Cartridges (8K/16K/24K/32K)
* Peripherals: Atari VCS 2600 adapter
These systems support cart dumps in .rom, .col and .bin format, in the "cartridge" (cart) device. Controls
These systems feature controller with a 4-way pad and two fire button (NES shaped). Additional 12-keys are present on the system with the following layout
1 2 3 4 5 *
6 7 8 9 0 #
These systems only support Coleco carts in MESS. SG-1000 carts support has still to be added
History and Trivia
Following the success of the ColecoVision, Bit Corporation produced a clone system featuring a second cartridge slot which made the system compatible with Sega SG-1000 carts, the Chuang Zao Zhe 50.
Later, Telegames imported the system in the USA selling it as the Personal Arcade system (actually, until 1988 units had the name Dina 2-in-1 on the system, which probably was simply a Bit Corporation redesign of the original Chuang Zao Zhe 50).
While the compatibility with both ColecoVision and SG-1000 cartridge was for sure appealing, the system design had some flaw: while two controllers were available, only one set of numeric key was present (on the console itself), making some Coleco 2-players game impossible to be used.
Also, the compatibility with SG-1000 was not advertised at all by Telegames, which only sold the system as a Coleco compatible machine. Of course, the presence of a Pause button which was not working with Coleco games and of a second cart slot might have puzzled many of the owner.
* Dina at Video Game Console Library -- http://www.videogameconsolelibrary.com/pg80-dina.htm
* Dina at Dark Watcher -- http://darkwatcher.home.att.net/console/dina.htm
* coleco.free.fr -- http://coleco.free.fr/
* ColecoVision FAQ -- http://www.classicgaming.com/colecofaq/
* Norman G. Sippel's ColecoVision Page -- http://my.ohio.voyager.net/~ngsippel/cv.html
* ColecoVision at old-computers.com -- http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?c=755
* ColEm (for Unix/X, Macintosh, OS/2, MS-DOS, PalmOS5, Acorn, PocketPC, Dreamcast, PC98, Xfree86-OS/2) -- http://fms.komkon.org/ColEm/
* MEKA -- http://www.smspower.org/meka/