DECO Cassette System

The Arcade System by Data East Corp.

DECO Cassette System screenshot

Emulated in MAME !

DESCRIPTION

[MACHINE] Arcade System

DECO Cassette System © 1980 Data East Corp.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

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DECO Cassette System the  Arcade System
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The arcade owner would insert the cassette and a security dongle (This was an early form of copy protection, to ensure the tapes would not be copied) into the cabinet.

When the cabinet was powered up, the program from the tape would be copied into the cabinet's RAMchips. This process took about two minutes. After this, the game could be played.

Main CPU: DECO 222 (@ 750 Khz)
CPU: I8041 (@ 600 Khz)
Audio CPU: MOS Technology M6502 (@ 500 Khz)
Sound Chips: (2x) AY-3-8910A (@ 1.5 Mhz)
Speaker: mono

TRIVIA

The DECO Cassette System was introduced in 1980 by Data East and was the first standardised arcade system that allowed arcade owners to change games. The arcade owner would buy a cabinet, while the games were stored on standard audio cassettes.

It was revolutionary for its time, but arcade owners complained about the poor reliability of the cassettes, which could be demagnetized easily, corrupting the game data, and the poor quality of the games offered, as well as long load times...

47 different games were released on this system from 1980 to 1985.

SOURCES
Machine's picture.

Page last modified on February 03, 2013