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Technical Specs

Processors (8):  

2 Hitachi 28.6MHz, 50-MIPS SH2 32-bit RISC processors
Hitachi SH1 32-bit RISC processor
VDP 1 32-bit video display processor
VDP 2 32-bit video display provessor
Saturn Control Unit (SCU)
Motorola 68EC000 sound processor
Yamaha FH1 DSP sound processor


2MB (16 Megabits) RAM
1.54MB (12 Megabits) video RAM
540KB (4 Megabits) audio RAM
540KB (4 Megabits) CD-ROM cache
540 KB (4 Mbit) IPL ROM
32KB nonvolatile RAM (battery backup)


22.6MHz Yamaha FH1 24-bit digital signal processor
11.3MHz Motorola 68EC000 sound processor
32 PCM (pulse-code modulation) channels
8 FM channels
44.1KHz sampling rate


VDP 1 32-bit video display processor
Sprite, polygon, and geometry engine
Dual 256KB frame buffers for rotation and scaling effects
Texture Mapping
Goraud shading
512KB cache for textures
VDP 2 32-bit background and scroll plane video display processor
Background engine
Five simultaneous scrolling backgrounds
Two simultaneous rotating playfields
200,000 texture-mapped polygons per second
500,000 flat-shaded polygons per second
60 frames of animation per second
24-bit true-color graphics
16.7 million colors
352 x 240, 640 x 240, and 704 x 480 resolution


Double-Speed CD-ROM
320KB per second transfer speed
Audio CD compatible
CD+G compatible
CD+EG compatible
CD single (8cm CD) compatible
Video CD, Photo CD, Electronic Books, digital karaoke (optional)
512KB memory cartridges for game save (optional)


High-speed serial communications port
Internal 32-bit expansion port
Internal multi-AV port for video CD (MPEG) adaptor
Composite video/stereo (standard)
NTSC RF (optional)
S-Video compatible (optional)
RGB compatible (optional)
HDTV compatible (optional)
Analog control pad

Power Source:  

AC120 volts; 60Hz

Power Consumption:  

25W (U.S.)
12W (Japan)

Operating Conditions:  

Temperature: 41 F to 95 F
Humidity: 10% to 80% RH


Width: 260 mm (10.2 in)
Length: 230 mm (9.0 in)
Height: 83 (3.2)

Release Date:  

November 22, 1994 (Japan)
1995 (USA, Europe)

System Notes/History

None at this time.

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Photo contributed by Aaron Mims.