Welcome to my comprehensive resource site for the Sharp MZ-80A. Over time I’m hoping this will grow into quite a large catalogue of programming tips, games reviews & videos, manuals and other interesting historical information regarding this early ’80s computer. If it’s MZ-80A related you will certainly be most likely to find it here. Enjoy and make sure to check out the news section for what’s been added recently to the site!
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Released : 1982
ROM : 4K
RAM : 48K (as standard in Europe)
Video RAM : 2K
Display : 40 x 25 characters
Pseudo Graphics : 80 x 50 large dots
Processor : Z80A @ 2Mhz
The ‘Pseudo Graphics mode’ was achieved simply through a set of characters towards the end of the MZ-80A’s in-built character set, as below:
As you will see when exploring the rest of my site, nowadays we can access a pixel via software if required. In truth, it is possible potentially to have the MZ-80A’s full resolution which is 320 x 200 !