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Bandai Pippin Hardware and Software Information

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The information here was originally posted at both Apple Computer, Inc. and Bandai web sites.


Technical Details


  • 66MHz PowerPC 603 RISC Microprocessor
  • Superscaler, 3 instructions per clock cycle
  • 8 kByte data and 8 kByte instruction caches
  • IEEE standard Single & Double Precision Floating Point Unit
  • 6 MB combined System & Video Memory, advanced architecture
  • 4X CDROM drive
  • 64 kbyte SRAM Store/Restore Backup
  • Aftermarket easy memory expansion cards 2, 4 and 8 MB increments


  • 8 bit and 16 bit video support
  • Dual Frame Buffers for superior frame to frame animation
  • Support for NTSC & PAL composite, S-Video and VGA (640x480) monitors
  • Up to 16.7M colors


  • Stereo 16 bit 44 kHz sampled output
  • Stereo 16 bit 44 kHz sampled input


  • GeoPort ready


  • Supports up to 4 simultaneous players over Apple Desktop Bus (ADB)
  • Will support standard ADB keyboards and mice with connector adapters

Data I/O

  • 1 standard Serial Communications port

Aftermarket Expansion

  • "PCI like" expansion for adding floppy drive, hard disk drive, graphics accelerators, codecs, etc. (Not available at introduction!)


  • Run time environment derived from MacOS
  • Integrates QuickTime 2.0 and PPC native version of QuickDraw
  • Reduced system memory footprint - (computer specific features removed)
  • Disk resident system stamped on CD with title
  • System boots off CD
  • Pippin system software upgrades released through CD-ROM stamping operations
  • Developers free to choose from menu of system software upgrades


  • 68k emulator
  • Macintosh Tool Box intact
  • Localized bit mapped fonts
  • Reduced Macintosh System ROM footprint

CD Formats Supported

  • Standard audio CD
  • Other formats in market studies

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