Fujitsu FM-7 emulators

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The FM-New7, a revision of the FM-7

The FM-7 was a home computer created by Fujitsu, first released in 1982 and sold only in Japan. It was a stripped down version of the earlier FM-8, which was aimed primarily at businesses.

The FM-7 is 6809-based, similarly to the TRS-80 Color Computer by Radio Shack; some software is compatible with both systems. However, the FM-7 featured two 6809 chips, dedicating one solely to the graphics.

It also features an enhanced version of Microsoft's Color BASIC called "F-BASIC". F-BASIC's additions to the standard Microsoft CoCo BASIC include the Japanese character set (katakana, and a few kanji), block graphics, three-voice music and the ability to have graphics appear on the default text screen.

Throughout the 80s, several models of the FM-7 were released, featuring slight improvements, with the most recent being released in 1988.

Emulators[edit]

Name Operating System(s) Latest Version Active Recommended
XM7 Multi-platform* V3.4L77SX
MAME Multi-platform 0.203

* The latest version is only available for Windows, but earlier versions are available for other platforms.

Comparisons[edit]

  • Lists:
- Collection of five FM-7 emulators for various systems (PC DOS, Windows, FM Towns and more)
- Official website of Takeda consisting of Takeda Toshiya's emulators for many old Japanese computer systems (See Source Code & Binary Archives under the Download sector here)
- Takeda Common Binaries (An archive of all Takeda emulators for Japanese systems including the FM-7 at Emu-France.com. Smaller file size than at the official website.)

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