1292 Advanced Programmable Video System

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1292 Advanced Programmable Video System
Acetronic-MPU-1000.jpg
The Acetronic MPU 1000
Manufacturer Audiosonic
Type Home video game console
Generation Second generation
Release date 1978; 40 years ago (1978)
CPU 8-bit Signetics 2650AI @ 4.43MHz
Memory 43 bytes
Removable storage Cartridge 2 K.Byte ROM (Activision branded ones, up to 8 K.Bytes)
Controller input 2 × 12-button with 2-axis control stick
Power Input 250V, 50 Hz; Output 9.5V, 0.4A & 15V, 0.11A

The 1292 Advanced Programmable Video System is a home video game console released by European company Audiosonic in 1978. It is part of a group of software-compatible consoles which include the Interton VC-4000 and the Voltmace Database. The 1292 Advanced Programmable Video System included its power pack inside the console instead of an exterior power pack.

Specifications[edit]

PCB Scan of the Acetronic MPU-1000.
  • CPU: 8-bit Signetics 2650AI at 4.43 MHz
  • Audiovisual co-processor (video chipset, I/O Processor): Signetics 2636N at 3.58 MHz, addressing 32Kb of memory in 8Kb banks. This chipset was less powerful than the later model Signetics 2637N used in the Arcadia 2001.
  • Data Memory: 43 bytes

Graphics[edit]

  • Sprites: 4 single colour sprites (1 can be 8 colours)
  • 1 Score line displaying 4 BCD digits
  • Background consisting of a series of alternating lines

Misc[edit]

  • The early games cartridges used a 2 KByte ROM, later ones, such as Activision branded ones, up to 8 KBytes
  • Very basic arcade machine sound

User programming[edit]

An expensive (£49 in the UK in 1977) Hobby Module was available which gave 6.5 kb of user-programmable memory and had a 5 pin DIN socket to allow software to be saved to a cassette tape player. This converted the unit into a halfway house between a home computer and an ordinary gaming console.

The user had to be familiar with programming in Signetics 2650 assembly language and the unconventional ways and register architecture of the Signetics 2650 processor. For example, on many other processors an opcode 0 indicates "no operation" whereas on the 2650 it instructs the processor to Branch To Address In Immediate Register B. This was a source of many software debugging hassles for budding home programmers.

Released versions[edit]

The console was produced by different companies and sold with different names. Not every console is compatible with others due to differences in the shapes and dimensions of the cartridge slots (but all of the consoles are software compatible). Here a table of the consoles grouped by compatibility family (due to the slots).

Name Manufacturer Country Compatibility family Other
1292 Advanced Programmable Video System Radofin Germany 1292 Advanced Programmable Video System Known also as "Radofin Programmierbares Video System" (1979). The 1292 has an external power supply.
1392 Advanced Programmable Video System Europe (1979). The 1392 has an internal power supply.
HMG-1292 Advanced Programmable Video System Hanimex
HMG-1392 Advanced Programmable Video System
Force 2 Fountain Australia and New Zealand (1979)
1292 Advanced Programmable Video System Australia and New Zealand (1979)
1392 Advanced Programmable Video System Australia and New Zealand (1979)
Advanced Programmable Video System Grandstand
Lansay 1392 Lansay Europe (1979)
PP-1292 Advanced Programmable Video System Audiosonic Europe (1978)
PP-1392 Advanced Programmable Video System Europe (1978)
VC-6000 Prinztronic United Kingdom (1979)
MPU-1000 Acetronic United Kingdom (1979) (Pictured)
MPU-2000 United Kingdom (1979)
Database Videomaster\Voltmace United Kingdom Database System
Television Computer System Rowtron United Kingdom Television Computer System (1979)
Jeu Video TV Karvan France Video TV Game
OC-2000 Societe Occitane Electronique France
MPT-05 ITMC France MPT-05 (1983)
Super Play Computer 4000 Grundig Germany Interton VC-4000
VC 4000 Interton Europe (1978)
CX-3000 Data Bass Sistem Palson Spain
Tele Computer Aureac Spain Palson CX-3000 clone
Video Computer H-21 TRQ Spain Interton VC-4000 TRQ carts fit and work on Interton consoles. Interton carts don't fit in TRQ consoles.

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