Goldstar FC-80U
This page was last modified 21:02, 17 January 2021 by Mars2000you. Based on work by Rderooy and Gdx.



The Goldstar FC-80U was aimed for the Korean market. It seems the same as the FC-80 (dark gray version) and was available in dark gray only. This model has a hangul led.

The U is for "Updated' as it comes with version 2.0 of Hangul ROM contrary to the FC-80 that was shipped with version 1.0.

It was probably sold with a demo tape.

Brand Goldstar
Model FC-80U
Year 1984
Region South Korea
Launch price
RAM 64kB in slot 2
Media MSX cartridges
Video Texas Instruments TMS9918ANL
Audio PSG (AY-3-8910)
Chipset none (separate IC's)
Keyboard layout QWERTY/Korean
Extras Hangul BASIC, lightpen holder, ?demo cassette
Emulation ROMs dumped and emulated. The rear expansion port is handled like a regular MSX cartridge slot.


Goldstar FC-80U
Goldstar FC-80U inside
Goldstar FC-80U label


This computer is a MSX1 without MSX-Engine. The CPU is a Z80A from Zilog (Z8400A PS) or Goldstar (GSS Z8400A PS) at 3.579545MHz.

All features are common to the standard, apart from one: it has a hole at the right of the cartridge slot to store a lightpen when the pen is not in use. A lightpen was planned in option with its dedicated cartridge, but was never released.

Slot Map

Slot 0 Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3
Page C000h~FFFFh Cartridge
Page 8000h~BFFFh Hangul ROM
Page 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM
Page 0000h~3FFFh
  • The Hangul ROM is a 8KB ROM - 8000h-9FFFh