|Fast facts on Sega Lindbergh|
|Variants: Yellow, Silver, Red, Red EX, Blue|
The Sega Lindbergh is an arcade platform developed by Sega as a successor to the Sega NAOMI 2 arcade system. It was launched in 2005 and acted as Sega's "primary" arcade system until the release of the Sega RingEdge platform in 2009.
Unlike previous arcade platforms which had either been bespoke systems or based on home console technology, the Lindbergh family (and virtually all of its successors) mirror the architecture seen in standard PCs, with a Intel Pentium 4 as its main CPU and graphics cards supplied by NVIDIA. Sega had originally planned to use the Microsoft's Xbox 360 as the basis for the arcade board, but is thought to have opted for standard PC hardware as this proved more cost-effective.
According to Sega-AM2 head Hiroshi Kataoka, porting Lindbergh titles (such as Virtua Fighter 5) to Sony's PlayStation 3 was generally easier than porting to Xbox 360, because the Lindbergh and PS3 use a similar GPU.
Lindbergh was introduced by Sega when the arcade industry and the company itself was at great change. Ultimately, only Virtua Fighter 5, After Burner Climax and The House of the Dead 4 were released on console, with the latter two being ported half a decade later. Arcade games became increasingly exclusive to arcade operators, to keep incentive for people to go to actual venues both in Japan and in the western world.
There are five variants of Lindbergh, each designated by colour, although the casing design is thought to be much the same across all of them.
Yellow is the "standard" Lindbergh system, used for most of Sega's "big" games which do not need special requirements.
Red is a lower-end CPU and GPU model, although the specific changes are not currently known.
The Red EX is thought to be identical to the Lindbergh Red but has twice as much RAM.
The Blue is also thought to be identical to the Red, but runs Microsoft Windows as its operating system instead of Linux.
The Silver is supposedly the satellite terminal option, although it is exceedingly rare and may not have been produced in large numbers. It was never sold, instead being rented out by Sega to Japanese arcade operators, who must return the board after use. The Silver came with an IC card that went inside a reader inside the PCB set. This IC card contained information which identified the current user of the board, as well as a profit sharing device that allowed the operator to split the machine's profits with Sega.
|Sega Arcade Boards|
|Originating in Arcades|
|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||System SP|
|System 2||System 18|
|Based on Consumer Hardware|
|SG-1000||System E||System C||Triforce||Europa-R||RingEdge 2|
|Mega-Tech System||Sega Titan Video||Chihiro||Nu|
|Hardware Series / Generations|
|Electro-mechanical systems||Sega System series||Sega NAOMI series|
|Discrete logic systems||Super Scaler series||Post-NAOMI systems|
|Pre-System boards||Sega Model series|