Pippin: Technical Specifications

This article defines the technical specifications for the Apple Pippin.
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Technical Details
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Hardware
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  • 66MHz PowerPC 603 RISC Microprocessor
  • Superscaler, 3 instructions per clock cycle
  • 8 kByte data and 8 kByte instruction caches
  • IEEE standard Single & Double Precision Floating Point Unit
  • 6 MB combined System & Video Memory, advanced architecture
  • 4X CDROM drive
  • 64 kbyte SRAM Store/Restore Backup
  • Aftermarket easy memory expansion cards 2, 4 and 8 MB increments

Video
  • 8 bit and 16 bit video support
  • Dual Frame Buffers for superior frame to frame animation
  • Support for NTSC & PAL composite, S-Video and VGA (640x480) monitors
  • Up to 16.7M colors

Audio
  • Stereo 16 bit 44 kHz sampled output
  • Stereo 16 bit 44 kHz sampled input

Telephony
  • GeoPort ready

Controllers
  • Supports up to 4 simultaneous players over Apple Desktop Bus (ADB)
  • Will support standard ADB keyboards and mice with connector adapters

Data I/O
  • 1 standard Serial Communications port

Aftermarket Expansion
  • "PCI like" expansion for adding floppy drive, hard disk drive, graphics accelerators, codecs, etc. (Not available at introduction!)


Software
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  • Run time environment derived from MacOS
  • Integrates QuickTime 2.0 and PPC native version of QuickDraw
  • Reduced system memory footprint - (computer specific features removed)
  • Disk resident system stamped on CD with title
  • System boots off CD
  • Pippin system software upgrades released through CD-ROM stamping operations
  • Developers free to choose from menu of system software upgrades

ROMs
  • 68k emulator
  • Macintosh Tool Box intact
  • Localized bit mapped fonts
  • Reduced Macintosh System ROM footprint

CD Formats Supported
  • Standard audio CD
  • Other formats in market studies

For additional information on the Pippin, see "Pippin: Questions and Answers (Part 1 of 2)" and "Pippin: Questions and Answers (Part 2 of 2)."
Last Modified: Feb 19, 2012

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