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Heh, Space Cruiser and Football together in one game. I just picked up Dunk n Sunk, which is Basketball and Sub Chase.

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I had forgotten about this thread from Rik's forum from a year ago: http://www.handheldmuseum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2146&start=45

The LCD driver in some Microvision units is labeled SCUS0488; others are labeled HLCD0488. Mego Sea Battle has an LCD driver labeled SCU0506.

There's a circuit Cellar article about LCDs that mentions these games: https://books.google.com/books?id=zAsN0XCHbFsC&pg=PA40&lpg=PA40

Another Handheld Museum thread talks about Gabriel Computer Othello that uses an LCD controller HLCD0541P (http://www.handheldmuseum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=701) and I've got a Mattel Computer Chess game that has 2 LCD controllers labeled HLCD0601. Interestingly, the chips in both games have the ".H" marking that the Simon and Battleship chips have.

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Rik's page here says SCUS0488 is LCD Controller: Hughes SCUS0488 (Custom multiplexed display driver circuit) U. S. Patent # 4,359,222. http://www.handheldmuseum.com/MB/uVUS.htm
pinouts: http://www.atarihq.com/danb/Microvision.shtml

This book also suggests "Hughes" as manufacturer for the other HLCD part numbers you name: https://books.google.com/books?id=qkqyJyEJxGAC&pg=PA80&lpg=PA80

It appears that Ingo has a 4-page datasheet on these HLCD chips (I expect it's 4 pages shared on all these), I can request it if you want:
http://www.ic-ts-histo.de/daten/ics/icsetdat/ictypes0.htm

These websites have some simple specs on HLCD0541P:
http://www.americanmicrosemi.com/information/spec/?ss_pn=HLCD0541P
http://www.datasheetarchive.com/shortform-datasheet/HLCD0541P.html

Here's another device with an HLCD0541P: http://www.handheldmuseum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=701

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Yeah if you can get any info on the 0601, that would be great. It's probably similar to the 0488, and studying the pinout and code should help a lot.

Paul Robson has the datasheet for the Microvision chip- from Hughes: http://www.studio2.org.uk/studio2/mv/Hughes0488LCDDriver.pdf

I haven't seen enough Microvisions to know if any chips other than the SCUS0488 labeled ones were used.

But what I'm wondering is if the SCUS chips were made by Hughes. Or did the company (whoever they are) just 2nd source the 0488 used in Microvision? The ".H" text on the chips makes me think that the SCUS chips and the HLCD0541P and HLCD0601 were made by the same company. But I'm not ready to decap one of the 0601s yet.

At first it seemed that just Milton Bradley used the SCUS chips (Simon, Battleship and Microvision), but then I remembered the Gabriel Othello thread and the Mattel Chess game.

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Yeah if you can get any info on the 0601, that would be great. It's probably similar to the 0488, and studying the pinout and code should help a lot.


Sorry, let me clarify: he has datasheets for the HLCD0488 and HLCD0541 which I'll prioritize. He also has datasheets for: HLCD0438, HLCD0515, HLCD0538, HLCD0539, HLCD0540, HLCD0542, HLCD0548, HLCD0550, HLCD0551, HLCD0607.

Maybe I'll try for HLCD0607 datasheet and hope it's similar to HLCD0601. smile

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BTW, Ingo's prefix list says "SCU = MOSTEK>SGS-THOMSON>STMICROELECTRONICS", Philips would have inherited that IIRC which may explain that "Philips HLCD0541P" mention I found.

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Gotcha. I just double-checked to make sure I didn't write it down wrong, and the chips in Mattel Chess are unfortunately 0601s.

SCU=MOSTEK>SGS-THOMSON>STMICROELECTRONICS is very interesting. I've decapped a few Mostek chips- I'll go back and look at them and see if I notice any similarities to the SCUS chips. It seems like they all have Mostek on the die somewhere, though.

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I just got Dunk 'N Sunk. It's a basketball game... It's a submarine chase...

CPU is a 40-pin DIP, just house markings:
GE-E 1V2280 8001

Pinning it out, it's another Rockwell PPS-4/1; MM76L or MM76EL, depending on the amount of ROM space (probably EL, since L just has 640 bytes, and EL has a whopping 1K).

The case and PCB have spots for 2 more buttons.

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Originally Posted By seanriddle
SCU=MOSTEK>SGS-THOMSON>STMICROELECTRONICS is very interesting. I've decapped a few Mostek chips- I'll go back and look at them and see if I notice any similarities to the SCUS chips. It seems like they all have Mostek on the die somewhere, though.


It's possible it's a false positive, SCU != SCUS. Still, I thought I'd mention it.

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Uploaded the Hughes datasheets I got from Ingo plus the version Paul had here for now: http://www.mess.org/datasheets/hughes

It turned out DatasheetArchive had these too, just with a different prefix (Hughes H0488 vs. HLCD0488, Hughes H0541 vs. HLCD0541)

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Ah, Mattel Computer Gin(NEC UCOM4 MCU, ref: http://www.handheldmuseum.com/Mattel/Gin.htm ) has one of those too, a HLCD0569.

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