Panasonic FS-A1
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Description

Computer

The Panasonic FS-A1 was available in black and in red. It was aimed at the Japanese market. There is a white version that was sold in Italy as the Toshiba FS-TM1.

The computer comes with an external power adapter, it includes a pause button that allows users to pause the system at will.

Size: 380(W) x 63(H) x 230(L)mm
Weight: 1600g (unit) + 580g (AC adapter)
Official price: ¥29,800

Brand Panasonic
Type FS-A1
Year 1986
RAM 64kB in slot 3-0
VRAM 128kB
Media MSX cartridges
Video Yamaha V9938
Audio PSG (integrated in MSX-Engine S1985)
Chipset Yamaha S1985
Extras DESKPAC firmware, pause button

Firmware

The firmware is launched automatically when you boot the machine. Bypassing this software on startup requires the user to press the DEL key during boot until a Beep sound.

The built-in firmware is the first version of the well-known Panasonic DESKPAC software (Clock, Stopwatch, Alarm, Calendar, Calculator, Message Board).

Pictures

Computer

Panasonic FS-A1 box and content
Panasonic FS-A1 label
Panasonic FS-A1 box
Panasonic FS-A1 (black)
Panasonic FS-A1 (black) back
FS-A1 & HB-F1 adapter
Panasonic FS-A1 (red)
Panasonic FS-A1 (red) back
Panasonic FS-A1 right side
Panasonic FS-A1 PCB
Panasonic FS-A1 PCB underside

Firmware

DESKPAC Menu
DESKPAC Clock
DESKPAC Stopwatch
DESKPAC Alarm
DESKPAC Calendar
DESKPAC Calculator
DESKPAC Message Board

Specifications

The Panasonic FS-A1 is a MSX2 with 2 cartridge slots (one at the top, one at the back), a Z80A from ROHM (BU18400A-PS) and an MSX-Engine S1985 from Yamaha. The main board is different from the board of the FS-A1mkII.

The power adapter specifications are the same as the adapter for the Sony HB-F1.

Slot Map

Slot 0 Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3-0 Slot 3-1 Slot 3-2 Slot 3-3
Bank C000h~FFFFh Cartridge
Slot 1
Cartridge
Slot 2
64kB
Memory
Mapper
Bank 8000h~BFFFh DESKPAC 1 DESKPAC 2
Bank 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM
Bank 0000h~3FFFh Sub-ROM

Connections

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