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Developer Epyx
Atari Corporation

Type Handheld game console
Fourth generation
Two models available

Price $179.99 at launch (Lynx I, 1989)
$120 at relaunch (Lynx II Deluxe Set, 1991)
$99 at relaunch (Lynx II Base Set, 1991)

Retail Availability 1989 - 1995
Around 3 million were sold

Display 3.5-inch LCD back-lit display (with backlight on/off on Lynx II)
160 × 102 resolution
4096 colours

Audio 4 Channel Sound
32-bit DAC (8-bit × 4 channels)
100Hz to above 20kHz
Lynx I - Mono
Lynx II - Stereo

Processors Dual custom CMOS chips

“Mikey” 16-bit running @ 16 Mhz
→ 8-bit 65SC02 processor (based on the MOS 6502) running at up to 4 MHz (~3.6 MHz average)
→ Sound engine - 4 channel, 8-bit DAC (per channel), stereo with panning (Lynx II only)
→ Video DMA driver for liquid-crystal display, 160 × 102 resolution, 4096 colours (12-bit palette), 16 simultaneous colors (4 bits) from palette per scanline

“Suzy” 16-bit running @ 16 Mhz
→ Unlimited number of blitter “sprites” with collision detection (practically just 128)
→ Hardware sprite scaling, distortion, and tilting effects
→ Hardware decoding of compressed sprite data
→ Hardware clipping and multi-directional scrolling
→ Variable frame rate (up to 75 frames/second)
→ Math co-processor

Memory and Storage 512b of bootstrap and cartridge-loading ROM
64 KB 120ns DRAM
Cartridges of 128, 256 and 512 KB (up to 2MB with bank switching)

Network Comlynx serial UART with up to 18 player connectivity

Ports 3.5mm Stereo Headphone (mono in Lynx I)
Comlynx network port
9V Power

Power 9V DC power supply
6x AA batteries inside the unit with 4-5 hours (Lynx I) and 5-6 hours (Lynx II) play time

Dimensions Display - 3.25 × 1.88 inches
Lynx I - 10.75 × 4.25 × 1.5 inches
Lynx II - 9.25 × 4.25 × 2 inches

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