Yashica YC-64
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The Yashica YC-64 is the only MSX computer ever manufactured by the Japanese company Kyocera for the European market. Its originality is its burgundy color.

It has 64kB RAM, but only one cartridge slot and no expansion bus slot. There is no Capslock led, the case is nearly similar case to the Canon V-20 and Philips cases and the keyboard is mirrored like the Philips VG-8020 keyboard.

Two variations were available, targeting different markets. The difference is the video output options. The one sold in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands has both RF output and composite output, while the one sold in France has only a RGB DIN output.

Brand Yashica (Manufacturer: Kyocera)
Model YC-64
Year 1984
Region France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands
Launch price FR: 3950 FF (imported by Segimex)
DE: 798 DM
NL: ƒ1095 (imported by AVT Electronics)
RAM 64kB in slot 3
Media MSX cartridges
Video Texas Instruments TMS9929ANL
Audio PSG (YM2149F)
Chipset none (separate IC's)
Keyboard layout QWERTY with "£" and accents keys
Emulation ROM dumped and emulated


Yashica YC-64
Yashica YC-64 RGB connector on version for France
Yashica YC-64 back (PAL version)
Yashica YC-64 label (PAL version)
Yashica YC-64 PCB (PAL version)
Yashica YC-64 label (French version)
Yashica YC-64 PCB (French version)
Yashica YC-64 with box (French version)
Yashica YC-64 manuals (French version)


The Yashica YC-64 is a MSX1 without MSX-Engine. The CPU is a Z80A from Zilog or NEC (D780C-1). Only the version for France has a RGB output connector.

The PAL version uses the LVA510 component which is deemed unreliable over time. If you have a video problem, it probably needs to be replaced.

Slot Map

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