Daewoo CPG-120
This page was last modified 00:47, 22 March 2019 by Mars2000you. Based on work by Gdx and Rderooy.

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Description

The Daewoo CPG-120 aka Zemmix Turbo is a MSX2 compatible gaming console. It was released by the Korean company Daewoo. It has an amazing space-fiction layout and it's probably the more surprising design in the MSX universe, with as direct concurrent the Kobo CPC-330K computer. All MSX-compatible consoles from Daewoo are called Zemmix that means 'It's Fun'.

It is partially MSX2+ compatible, just lacking the newer BIOS-BASIC rom, so it means that the specific MSX2+ screens are not accessible in MSX-BASIC. As such not all MSX2+ capable software detects it correctly.

This machine has only one cartridge slot and it's possible to add a keyboard. The addition of a disk drive can also be made, but will use the unique cartridge slot. For these reasons, the MSX2 logo appears on this machine, what's not the case of the Zemmix MSX1 consoles.

It has an extra text mode in Basic, the SCREEN 9. It is a text screen mode based on the graphic SCREENs 5 and 6 to display Korean characters.

Official price was ₩148,000 the set.

Brand Daewoo
Type CPG-120
Year 1991
RAM 64kB (or ? 128kB) in slot 0-2
VRAM 128kB
Media Cartridges
Video Yamaha V9958 (MSX2+ VDP!)
Audio PSG (AY-3-8910A), probably MSX-MUSIC
Chipset Daewoo DW64MX1
Extras Hangul BASIC, Turbo button, Pause button, equalizer display for music, 30-in-1 game cartridge, 1 joystick

Pictures

Daewoo Zemmix Turbo
Daewoo Zemmix Turbo - Box
Daewoo Zemmix Turbo - Overview
Daewoo Zemmix Turbo - Back
Daewoo Zemmix Turbo - Front

Specifications

The CPG-120 is a MSX2 console that does not use a MSX-Engine but a custom IC DW64MX1 that includes the 8255 PPI, slot select circuitry, a memory mapper and various glue logic.

The CPU is a Z80A from Goldstar (GSS Z8400A PS), it can be overclocked by up to 50% by pressing the Turbo button. This causes the Z80 not to run at the standard frequency of 3.579545MHz, but at 5.3693175MHz.

The main RAM is present on slot 0-2, a configuration that can cause poorly written software to crash. Also, with this layout, the POKE-1,(15-PEEK(-1)\16)*17 trick to workaround buggy software that does not handle subslots properly will cause this machine to freeze.

Slot Map

Help needed
The below slot-map is an assumption, it needs to be checked on a real machine.
Slot 0-0 Slot 0-1 Slot 0-2 Slot 0-3 Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3
Page C000h~FFFFh 128kB
Memory
Mapper
Cartridge
Slot
Page 8000h~BFFFh
Page 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM Hangul ROM MSX-MUSIC
Page 0000h~3FFFh Sub-ROM

Connections

Repair and Upgrade

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