Apple Pippin

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Pippin is a set of technologies designed by Apple Computer for Bandai Digital Entertainment Corporation in Japan. Pippin lets you run specially-modified Macintosh CD-ROMs on a low-cost player that plugs into a standard television set. Runs on a PowerPC 603 processor.

Technical Specifications


  • 66MHz PowerPC 603 RISC microprocessor
    • Superscaler, three instructions per clock cycle
    • 8KB data and 8KB instruction caches
    • IEEE standard single and double precision Floating Point Unit (FPU)
  • 6MB combined system and video memory, advanced architecture
    • Easy memory expansion cards in 2, 4 and 8MB increments
  • 128K SRAM store/restore backup
  • 4X CD-ROM drive
  • Two high-speed serial ports, one of which is GeoPort ready
  • PCI-compatible expansion slot
  • Two ruggedized ADB inputs
    • Supports up to four simultaneous players over Apple Desktop Bus (ADB)
    • Will support standard ADB keyboards and mice with connector adapters


  • 8-bit and 16-bit video support
  • Dual frame buffers for superior frame-to-frame animation
  • Support for NTSC and PAL composite, S-Video and VGA (640x480) monitors
  • Horizontal and vertical video convolution


  • Stereo 16-bit 44kHz sampled output
  • Stereo 16-bit 44kHz sampled input
  • Headphone output jack with individual volume control
  • Audio CD player compatibility


  • Runtime environment derived from Mac OS
  • PPC native version of QuickDraw
  • Reduced system memory footprint (computer specific features removed)
  • Disk-resident System Software stamped on CD-ROM with title
  • System boots off of CD-ROM
  • Pippin System Software upgrades released through CD-ROM stamping operations
  • 68k emulator
  • Macintosh Toolbox intact

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