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Sega System E

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Fast facts on Sega System E
Manufacturer: Sega
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
World
1985  ?



The Sega System E is an arcade platform produced by Sega between 1985 and 1988. It is based upon the Sega Master System hardware, using a Z80 as its main CPU, but with superior VDP hardware. As such, several System E games received accurate home conversions on the Master System.

The system is interesting as the main CPU is stored on the game cartridge or secondary PCB (not sure which) rather than on the board itself, allowing for things such as Z80 chips with built-in encryption technologies.

Technical Specifications

  • CPU: None; game cartridges are expected to provide their own 8Mhz Z80s
  • ROM: 32K for code + up to 4 x 32/64K for banks
  • RAM: 16K
  • Video RAM: 64K (2 banks of 16K for each VDP)
  • VDP: 2 x 315-5124
  • Colors: 64 (32 for each VDP. Each VDP picks its palette from a possible 64 colors)
  • Resolution: 256 x 192
  • Audio: 6 tone channels and 2 noise channels
  • Characters: 8 x 8 (448 definitions per VDP)
  • Sprites: 8x8, 8x16, 16x16 (up to 128 on screen at a time)

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List of Games

Sega Arcade Boards
Originating in Arcades
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Fonz Galaxian Zaxxon Appoooh X Board Model 2 Hikaru Atomiswave
Blockade G80 Hang-On / Space Harrier Model 1 H1 Model 3 NAOMI 2
VIC Dual System 1 System 24 NAOMI
VCO Object LaserDisc Aurora
System 2 System 18
System 16
OutRun System 32
Gigas
Y Board
Based on Consumer Hardware
83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
SG-1000 System E System C Triforce Europa-R RingEdge 2
Mega-Tech System Sega Titan Video Chihiro Nu
Mega Play Lindbergh
RingEdge
RingWide
Hardware Series / Generations
1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
Electro-mechanical systems Sega System series Sega NAOMI series
Discrete logic systems Super Scaler series Post-NAOMI systems
Pre-System boards Sega Model series