CHIP-8

History, and Implementation​​

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CHIP-8 was originally developed by RCA Labs (1972) to allow users of low cost microcomputers to design their own video game programs without the tedious task of writing assembly language programs.
RCA's original Computer was called the Cosmac VIP. It used an 8 Bit processor (1802) running at 1.76 MHz.
Sound consisted of one fixed tone, and data storage utilized a cassette recorder.

Our Classic CHIP-8 Computer has a Flash based Interpreter that is resident within the boards Operating System, and is much more HIGH Tech than the computers of the past...


Now you can build your own custom CHIP-8 Computer. We show you how...
















































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The Hardware specifications are:

♦ 32 Bit Microcontroller running at 48MHz.
♦ 64x32 pixel monochrome Composite Video Display.
♦ Sound Generator – 30 Tones.
♦ RS-485 Serial Port. Suitable  for Industrial Control Applications, with up to 4000' cable length.
♦ Hexadecimal Keypad Interface.
♦ EEPROM Option board – CHIP-8 supported Load and Save functions.
♦ Single 7.5VDC Supply, using a 2.1x5.5 DC socket
♦ Small 120x90mm PCA footprint.

The CHIP-8 language has 37 instructions, including 3 new instructions which support RS-485 Serial Communications, and Sound Generator Pitch changes.

The language uses 16 one-byte registers (V0 – VF), which can be manipulated with a variety of arithmetic/logic and conditional branch instructions. A 12 BIT Instruction pointer (I) indexes memory locations for load/store and display instructions. This allows multiple sets of variables or array processing. Subroutine nesting is implemented to
32 levels.
Build Your Own CHIP-8 Computer

Introductory Video

Computer Setup​​​​​​​

Current Firmware Revision is -  2.62 (Classic)
                                                          2.66 (Color)

New Industrial Metal Enclosures - contact us for pricing

The new CHIP-8 Color Computer is here!