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Coding for the World’s Trickiest Chip – SEGA’s Saturn DSP #VintageComputers #VintageConsoles

Coding for the World's Trickiest Chip - SEGA's Saturn DSP

Youtube channel GameHut gives us a step by step explanation of the digital signal processor (DSP) chip in the Sega Saturn. Unlike previous generation consoles, this chip made the Sega Saturn extremely fast at 3D gaming due to running 3 streams of code in parallel and using 48 bit internal math. They post:

This is the craziest chip I’ve ever programmed, and I challenge anyone to find a harder to code piece of silicon on the planet!

Check out the video below and let us know in the comments your thoughts on console architectures.


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