Nonprofit to bring Sega game console chips back to life

Processors that powered some of Sega’s famous gaming consoles in the 1990s will come back to life starting later this year.

The newly formed Open Core Foundation wants to reintroduce in October older CPU designs of Hitachi chips, which were used to run operating systems and gaming consoles in the 1990s.

The chips were advanced for their time and could even be used today in electronics like sensor devices and do-it-yourself projects, said Shumpei Kawasaki, a member of the OCF, at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, California.

The goal is to provide low-cost, open-source CPU cores to the community involved in the development of products, Kawasaki said.

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