Microsoft Extended definition computer
(MSX) A Range of computers created in an attempt by the industry to create a standard for home computers, similar to VHS
did with home video.
The basic MSX machine contained a Z80 CPU
working at 3.58MHz.
MSX machines were produced by such giants as Sony, Yamaha
, Panasonic, Toshiba, Daewoo, and Philips
The MSX standard was designed by a company called ASCII in cooperation with Microsoft
who provided a firmware
version of its BASIC
for the machine. Because this BASIC version was an extended version of MicroSoft Basic
, it was called "MicroSoft eXtended BASIC"; Hence "MSX".
Microsoft also produced MSX-DOS - a stripped-down version of MS-DOS
Extensions to the MSX included MSX2, MSX2+ and TurboR.