NEC PC-8800 series

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NEC PC-8800 series
Developer NEC Home Electronics
Type Home computer
Release date 1981
Discontinued 1989
Predecessor PC-6000
Successor PC-9800
Emulated

The NEC PC-8800 series, also known as the PC-88, were a family of computers made by NEC starting in 1981. The last models of the PC-88 were released in 1989, though it is unknown when they were discontinued. The PC-88 was released in America and Japan.

Emulators[edit]

Emulator Platform(s) Latest Version Active Recommended
PC / x86
pc8801ma Windows 200117
XM8 Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD 1.70
M88 for OS/2‡ OS/2 2.15 α7
PC88EM macOS 4.35
X88000 Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD 1.5.3
MAME Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD 0.221
Excite88 Windows 0.1.5.0
M88 Windows 2.2.1a
PC88WIN Windows 1.14
W88 Windows 0.05
QUASI88 Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD 0.6.4
git(libretro)
(libretro)
P88SR MS-DOS 1.00
Mobile / ARM
QUASI88 Android Android 130609
M88 Windows Mobile Handheld 0.06
Pocket 0.04
CE 0.06Δ

†Only compatible with DOS/V incompatible PC-98 machines running MS-DOS.

‡Versions 2.15 and 2.15s are currently lost. The latest versions downloadable are 2.10 and 2.10s.

ΔMust compile from source.

Models[edit]

PC-8801[edit]

The PC-8801 was released in 1981 and had a NEC µPD780 at 4 MHz with 64KB of RAM and 48KB of VRAM.

PC-8801mkII model 10[edit]

The PC-8801mkII model 10 was released in 1983 and had the same specs as the PC-8801 but with new sound coponents.

PC-8801mkII model 20[edit]

Same thing as the PC-8801mkII model 10 but with 1 5.25" floppy drive.

PC-8801mkII model 30[edit]

Same thing as the PC-8801mkII model 10 but with 2 5.25" floppy drives.

PC-8801mkII SR model 10[edit]

The PC-8801mkII SR model 10 was released in 1985 and had new sound components.

PC-8801mkII SR model 20[edit]

Same as the PC-8801mkII SR model 10 but with 1 5.25" floppy drive.

PC-8801mkII SR model 30[edit]

Same as the PC-8801mkII SR model 10 but with 2 5.25" floppy drives.

PC-8801mkII TR[edit]

The PC-8801mkII TR was released in 1985 and was the PC-8801mkII SR model 30 but had an additional 300 bps modem with it.

PC-8801mkII FR model 10[edit]

The PC-8801mkII FR model 10 released in 1985 was a cost reduced version of the PC-8801mkII SR model 10.

PC-8801mkII FR model 20[edit]

The PC-8801mkII FR model 20 released in 1985 was a cost reduced version of the PC-8801mkII SR model 20.

PC-8801mkII FR model 30[edit]

The PC-8801mkII FR model 30 released in 1985 was a cost reduced version of the PC-8801mkII SR model 30.

PC-8801mkII MR[edit]

The PC-8801mkII MR was released in 1985 with 192KB of RAM and the same amount of VRAM.

PC-8801 FH model 10[edit]

The PC-8801 FH model 10 was released in 1986 and had a new NEC µPD70008 at 8 MHz with 64KB of RAM and 48KB of VRAM.

PC-8801 FH model 20[edit]

The PC-8801 FH model 20 added 1 5.25" floppy drive.

PC-8801 FH model 30[edit]

The PC-8801 FH model 30 added 2 5.25" floppy drives.

PC-8801 MH[edit]

The PC-8801 MH was released in 1986 and had 192KB of RAM and the same amount of VRAM.

PC-88 VA[edit]

The PC-88 VA was released in 1987 with a NEC V50 CPU at 8 MHz with 512KB of RAM and 256KB of VRAM.

PC-8801 FA[edit]

The PC-8801 FA was released in 1987 with a NEC µPD70008 CPU at 8 MHz with 64KB of RAM and 48KB of VRAM. Stereo sound was added.

PC-8801 MA[edit]

The PC-8801 MA was released in 1987 with 192KB of RAM and 48KB of VRAM.

PC-88 VA2[edit]

The PC-88 VA2 was released in 1988 with a NEC V50 CPU at 8Mhz with 512KB of RAM and 256KB of VRAM.

PC-88 VA3[edit]

The PC-88 VA3 was released in 1988 and added a 2TD FDD.

PC-8801 FE[edit]

The PC-8801 FE was released in 1988 and had a NEC µPD70008 at 8 MHz with 64KB of RAM and 48KB of VRAM. It only had Mono sound.

PC-8801 MA2[edit]

The PC-8801 MA2 was released in 1988 and had a NEC µPD70008 at 8 MHz with 192 KB of RAM and 48 KB of VRAM.

PC-8801 FE2[edit]

The PC-8801 FE2 was released in 1989 and had 64KB of RAM and 48KB of VRAM. Only Mono sound was on this model.

PC-8801 MC model 1[edit]

The PC-8801 MC model 1 was released in 1989 and had 192KB of RAM and 48KB of VRAM.

PC-8801 MC model 2[edit]

The PC-8801 MC model 2 was released in 1989 and had a CD-ROM drive.

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