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Channel F
Fairchild • 1976

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Launched ByFairchild
Additional BrandsGrandstand
Zircon International
Type2nd Generation 8-bit Console
LaunchNovember 1976

The Channel F was launched in late 1976 (as the Video Entertainment System) and was the first home console to feature interchangeable programmable ROM Cartridges. It was sold under different names in different countries, including Adman Grandstand (UK), SABA Videoplay (Germany) and Barco Challenger (Italy).

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The best emulator we've have found for the Channel F is FreeChaF by David Richardson. It is designed as a Libretro emulator so works well with Retroarch, Lakka and RetroPie. You will need two BIOS files for this emulator, which are:

  • SL31253 or SL90025
  • SL31254
Platform Emulator Notes
Windows / Mac OS / Linux MAME/MESS Good Support. Setname: channelf
Retroarch via lr-freechaf -
RetroPie via lr-freechaf -

Emulator Information Last Updated: 15th March 2020

Tech Specs and further details

Name Fairchild Channel F (launched as Video Entertainment System)
Origin United States
Processor Fairchild F8
Developed by Jerry Lawson
Memory 64 bytes RAM, 2KB Video RAM
Display Output TV via RF Modulator
Display Size (pixels) 128 × 64
Colours 8 Max
Storage ROM Cartridge
Input Joystick-type Controllers
Cost $169 (USA)
Dedicated Publications None that we can tell of