MSX

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MSX
DesignerASCII Microsoft
ManufacturerCanon, Casio, Daewoo, D4 Enterprise, Dragon Data, Fujitsu, GoldStar, Hitachi, Kyocera, JVC, Mitsubishi, National, Panasonic, Philips Pioneer, Radofin, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Spectravideo, Sony, Toshiba, Yamaha, Yashica
CPUMSX, MSX2, MSX2+
3.58 MHz Zilog Z80
MSX TurboR
7.16 MHzR800
3.58 MHz Zilog Z80
GraphicsMSX
TI TMS9918
MSX2
Yamaha V9938
MSX2+, MSX TurboR
Yamaha V9958
RAMMSX
8 kB minimum
MSX2, MSX2+
64 kB minimum
MSX TurboR
256 kb or 512 kB
MediaROM cartridge, Cassette tape, Floppy disk
Release1983-1993
Added to museumNot yet

The MSX was a video game hardware architecture concieved by and marketed by Kazuhiko Nishi, Microsoft's former Vice President of Sales for Far East.

Name

Kazuhiko Nishi stated that MSX was named after the United States MX missile (Missile-eXperimental) and that it stood for "Machines with Software eXchangeability".

Manufacturers

Microsoft never produced their own machine, but the architecture was licenesed and sold by Canon, Casio, Daewoo, Dragon Data, Fujitsu, GoldStar, Hitachi, Kyocera, JVC, Mitsubishi, National, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Spectravideo, Sony, Toshiba, Yamaha, and Yashica.

In all, Twenty-two different companies sold MSX-compatible machines worldwide from 1983 to 1993. In addition, the MSX trademark holders licensed the hardware for computers in the 21st century: the 1chipMSX in 2006 and the GR8BIT in 2011.