Home TV Programmer
RCA Studio II brings tomorrow's world of home video entertainment to you today. With the Studio II, you transform the TV set in your home into an electronic entertainment and educational center for the entire family.
The RCA Studio II was the second console to feature reprogrammable cartridge. It had a very limited production run and was only on the market for slightly over a year. The Studio II has a unique input method, featuring two telephone style 10-key keypads. Making new work for the Studio II is possible by programming in an 8-bit assembly language.
|GPU||RCA CDP 1861|
|Sound||single-channel beeper (built-in)|
|Input||2x 10-button keypads 1x reset button|
Development for the Studio II requires programming in an 8-bit machine language which is similar to, but not compatible with, Chip-8. Currently there are no compilers for higher level languages, although there are implementations of Forth which target the same processor. It is possbile these could be ported to the Studio II. There is not an active homebrew community, so programming the Studio II will require additional reverse-engineering work.
Paul Robson has developed a Studio II emulator which can be used to develop new work. MAME also has a Studio II driver which will play ROMs from the system.
Robson's emulator is written for DOS systems, and can be used on modern systems through DOSBox.
The Studio II features a RCA 1802 processor, 2K bytes of ROM and 512 bytes of RAM.
More technical details can be found at Paul Robson's website.