Fairchild Channel F (Platform)
The Fairchild Channel F is a home video game console released by Fairchild Semiconductor in November 1976. It has the distinction of being the first programmable ROM cartridge–based video game console, and the first console to use a microprocessor. It was launched as the Video Entertainment System, or VES, but when Atari released their VCS the next year, Fairchild renamed its machine. By 1977, the Fairchild Channel F had sold 250,000 units and trailed behind the VCS.
|Operating System||CPU||Fairchild F8 at 1.79MHz|
|Graphics||8 colors (either black/white or four color max. per line)||Sound||120 Hz, 500 Hz and 1 kHz beeps (can be modulated to produce different tones)|
|Online service||Output||RF modulated composite video signal, cord hardwired to console|
|Supported Resolutions||128x64 pixels||Connectivity|