Radiola MK 180
This page was last modified 14:56, 30 June 2021 by Mars2000you. Based on work by Rderooy and Gdx and others.



The Radiola MK 180 is the Philips VG-8010 re-branded for the French market. It has been manufactured in France (at the Mans by La Radiotechnique) and has 32kB (not 48kB as indicated on the box and the machine by adding the VRAM).

It has the same defaults: no Centronics port, no expansion bus, no separate audio out and a poor keyboard. The keyboard layout is AZERTY, the case is bronze colored, the GRAPH and CODE keys work as toggles, just like the KANA key on Japanese machines. The external power supply was provided with the computer - see Philips VU-0022.

It is possible to connect a printer, by first inserting the Philips VU 0040 cartridge.

Brand Radiola (Manufacturer: La Radiotechnique)
Model MK 180
Year 1985
Region France
Launch price
RAM 32kB in slot 0
Media MSX cartridges
Video Texas Instruments TMS9129NL
Audio PSG (YM2149)
Chipset none (separate IC's)
Keyboard layout AZERTY with a non-standard matrix
Extras Reset button
Emulation emulated as Philips VG-8010F - ROM dump needed only for checking. See this thread for details


Radiola MK 180
MK 180 box and computer
Radiola MK 180
Radiola MK 180 box
MK 180 content of box
Radiola MK 180 back


The MK 180 is a MSX1 with a Z80 from SGS and without printer port. The cartridge slots are on top, hidden under a panel.

Slot Map

Slot 0 Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3
Page C000h~FFFFh RAM Cartridge
Slot 1
Slot 2
Page 8000h~BFFFh
Page 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM
Page 0000h~3FFFh