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An arcade system board is a dedicated computer system created for the purpose of running video arcade games. Arcade system boards typically consist of a main system board with any number of supporting boards.[1]

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DesignEdit

The earliest non-microprocessor based arcade system boards were designed around codeless state machine computers with the main board and any support boards consisting of discrete logic circuits comprising each element of the game itself.[2] The next generation of arcade system boards, with the inclusion of microprocessor based technology, incorporated the game program code directly on the main system board via game code stored in ROM chips mounted on the main board.

Later arcade system boards, including the DECO Cassette System, SNK's Neo-Geo, Capcom's CPS-2, and Sega's NAOMI, separated the system board from the game program itself, akin to a home video game console and cartridge/CD/DVD/Hard Disk. This method benefitted both manufacturers and arcade game owners. Once the system board was purchased, the owner could switch out the games at a fraction of the price and with less effort, and the manufacturers could produce fewer of the costly system boards and more of the less-costly games.

Currently, the company with the record of the highest number of original arcade system boards is Sega.

List of arcade system boardsEdit

AtariEdit

BallyEdit

BrezzaSoftEdit

CapcomEdit

CaveEdit

CD ExpressEdit

Data EastEdit

EolithEdit

ExamuEdit

FuukiEdit

GaelcoEdit

ICEEdit

International Games SystemEdit

Incredible TechnologiesEdit

InterparkEdit

IremEdit

JalecoEdit

KanekoEdit

KonamiEdit

LimenkoEdit

Metro CorporationEdit

MicroProseEdit

MidwayEdit

MitchellEdit

NamcoEdit

NintendoEdit

NMK (Video Game Company)Edit

PsikyoEdit

RCIEdit

SammyEdit

SegaEdit

SeibuEdit

SI ElectronicsEdit

SetaEdit

SkonecEdit

SNKEdit

SonyEdit

TaitoEdit

TecmoEdit

Terminal[3]Edit

PhotonEdit

WilliamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.computerspacefan.com/ComputerSpace.pdf
  2. ^ Al Alcorn Interview Archived October 24, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "About Us -- EXTREMA-Ukraine in English".
  4. ^ "Фотон-ИК02 — SpeccyWiki in Russian".
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