Philips VG-8020
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The VG-8020 is the third MSX1 computer released by the Dutch company Philips, after the VG-8000 and the VG-8010 computers.

Compared to it's predecessors, this machine had a "pro" keyboard, not a chiclet keyboard, and an internal power supply. It has 64kB RAM (not 80kB as indicated on the machine and the box by adding the VRAM).

Various models of the VG-8020 were produced:

Product Region Revision Keyboard Video and audio out
VG-8020/00 NL, BE 1st QWERTY RF, composite video and audio
VG-8020/19 FR, BE 2nd AZERTY RGB
VG-8020/20 NL 2nd QWERTY RF, composite video and audio
VG-8020/29 DE  ? QWERTZ RF, composite video and audio
VG-8020/40 NL 3rd QWERTY RF, composite video and audio

Belgium is a country with 3 official languages: Dutch - French - German. With exception for the NMS 8220 and the NMS 8280 only available in the Dutch version, also in the French speaking part (Wallonia), all the Philips MSX computers released in Belgium were different according it was in Flanders (Dutch) or in Wallonia (French).

This machine was sold in Italy as Phonola VG-8020. There is also a special version for Bingo players under a Norwegian brand: Jotan Holland Bingo.

The only difference between the 2nd and 3rd revision are a few fixes on the main board.

This model has been produced by the Japanese company Kyocera. The design of the box for the first releases was similar to the box used for the VG-8000 and the VG-8010 computers, but later the design of the NMS (New Media Systems) machines was adopted.

The case is black and silver except the French model that is fully black.

Brand Philips (Several clues suggest that mainboard with the two green sides is designed by NEC and manufactured by Kyocera)
Model VG-8020
Year 1985
Region Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands
Launch price DE: 898 DM
NL: ƒ1049
RAM 64kB in slot 3 (/00 version), 3-2 (other versions)
Media MSX cartridges
Video Texas Instruments TMS9929A or TMS9129NL
Audio PSG (YM2149 in /00 version, custom chip integrated in MSX-Engine S3527 for /19, /20 and /40 versions)
Chipset none (separate IC's) for /00 version, Yamaha S3527 for /19, /20 and /40 versions
Keyboard layout see table above
Extras Reset button
Emulation ROM dumped and emulated for the /00, /19 and /20 versions. ROM dumps needed for the /29 and /40 versions. See this thread for details


Philips VG-8020 PAL
Philips VG-8020 PAL back
VG-8020 PAL box version 1
Philips VG-8020/19 (France)
Philips VG-8020/19 label
Philips VG-8020/19 inside
Philips VG-8020/29 (Germany)
Philips VG-8020/29 label
VG-8020 French box version 1
VG-8020/20 PCB underside
Philips VG-8020/20 PCB
Philips VG-8020/40 PCB
VG-8020 PAL box version 2
VG-8020 French box version 2


The VG-8020/00 is a MSX1 with the RAM in non-expanded slot 3 and a Z80 from NEC (D780C-1) without MSX Engine.

The other revisions have the RAM in slot 3-2, a Z80 from NEC (D780C-1) or Zilog (Z8400APS) and the MSX-Engine S3527 from Yamaha.

The cartridge slots are on top, hidden under a panel.

Slot Map for /00 model

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

Slot Map for other models

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


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