Triforce

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Triforce
Katakana トライフォース
Manufacturer SEGA/Namco/Nintendo
Year 2002
Media GD-ROM
CPU IBM Power PC "Gekko"
GPU "Flipper" (Custom ATI/Nintendo)
Sound Custom Macronix 16bit DSP @ 81MHz
Resolution 15k / 31k
Wiring Standard JVS
Predecessor Sega NAOMI 2
Successor Sega Chihiro

The Triforce is an arcade system board developed jointly by Namco, Sega, and Nintendo, with the first games appearing in 2002. The name "Triforce" is a reference to Nintendo's Legend of Zelda series of games, and symbolized the three companies' involvement in the project. The system hardware is based on the Nintendo GameCube with several differences, like provisions for add-ons such as Sega's GD-ROM system and upgradeable RAM modules.[1]

Hardware Specification

CPU : IBM Power PC "Gekko"
Sound DSP : Custom Macronix 16bit DSP @ 81MHz
Main RAM : Main Memory 48 MB MoSys 1T-SRAM, Approximately 10ns Sustainable Latency.
RAM : Type 1: 512MB
RAM : Type 3: 512/1GB
Graphics Engine : "Flipper" (Custom ATI/Nintendo)
Color : 24-bit Color, 24-bit Z Buffer.
Hardware Features : Fog, Subpixel Anti-aliasing, 8 Hardware lights, Alpha Blending, Virtual Texture Design, Multi-texture, Mapping/Bump/Environment Mapping, MIPMAP, Bilinear/Trilinear/Anisotropic Filtering, Real-time Texture Decompression (S3TC), HW 3-line Deflickering filter[2].

Type

Three Types of the Triforce hardware exist:

Type 1 (older rectangular metal box without built-in DIMM board)
This unit is used for earlier GD-ROM based games. It is not possible to use the NAND Type media board with this model. Not compatible with Type 3 games.

Type 3 (newer square metal box version with built in GDROM controller)
This unit is used for later GD-ROM based games. It is possible to use the NAND Type media board with this model. Not compatible with Type 1 games.

NAND Type
This unit is by default has a NAND ROM media board. This is used for Mario Kart Arcade GP 1 & 2, F-Zero AX Monster Ride and Donkey Kong Jungle Fever.

Regions

Changing Region

Boot up the Triforce with nothing connected except for the satellite / netboot pic security chip. Go into the test menu using the test button go down to system information and press the service button 30 times. A menu will appear where the region can be changed.

Game List

Title Developer Media Key Chip Type 1 Type 3 NAND
Donkey Kong Jungle Fever Capcom / Nintendo, 2005 NAND ROM Cart Red x.svg Yes check.svg Yes check.svg
F-Zero AX Sega / Nintendo, 2003 GDROM GDT0004 Yes check.svg Red x.svg Red x.svg
F-Zero AX Monster Ride Sega / Nintendo, 2004 NAND ROM Cart Red x.svg Yes check.svg Yes check.svg
Firmware Update Sega GDROM GDT0011 Yes check.svg Question mark.svg Red x.svg
Gekitou Pro Yakyuu Sega, 2003 GDROM GDT0008C 3170371JPN Yes check.svg Red x.svg Red x.svg
Mario Kart Arcade GP Namco / Nintendo, 2005 NAND ROM Cart 3175109COM Red x.svg Yes check.svg Yes check.svg
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Namco / Nintendo, 2007 NAND ROM Cart Red x.svg Yes check.svg Yes check.svg
The Key Of Avalon : The Wizard Master (server) Sega, 2003 GDROM GDT0005A/C/F/G Red x.svg Yes check.svg Red x.svg
The Key Of Avalon : The Wizard Master (client) Sega, 2003 GDROM GDT0006A/C/F Red x.svg Yes check.svg Red x.svg
The Key Of Avalon Ver 1.3 (server) Sega, 2004 GDROM GDT0009C Red x.svg Yes check.svg Red x.svg
The Key Of Avalon Ver 1.3 (client) Sega, 2004 GDROM GDT0010C Red x.svg Yes check.svg Red x.svg
The Key Of Avalon 2 (server) Sega, 2005 GDROM Red x.svg Yes check.svg Red x.svg
The Key Of Avalon 2 (client) Sega, 2005 GDROM GDT0017B Red x.svg Yes check.svg Red x.svg
Virtua Striker 2002 (Japan) Sega, 2002 GDROM GDT0001 3170337JPN Yes check.svg Red x.svg Red x.svg
Virtua Striker 2002 (Export) Sega, 2002 GDROM GDT0002 3170337EXP Yes check.svg Red x.svg Red x.svg
Virtua Striker 2002 (Type 3) Sega, 2002 GDROM Red x.svg Yes check.svg Red x.svg
Virtua Striker 4 (Japan) Sega, 2005 GDROM GDT0013E 3170391JPN Red x.svg Yes check.svg Red x.svg
Virtua Striker 4 (Export) Sega, 2005 GDROM GDT0015 3170393EXP Red x.svg Yes check.svg Red x.svg
Virtua Striker 4 Ver.2006 (Japan) Sega, 2006 GDROM GDT0020D Red x.svg Yes check.svg Red x.svg
Virtua Striker 4 Ver.2006 (Export) Sega, 2006 GDROM GDT0021 Red x.svg Yes check.svg Red x.svg
[3]

References

  1. Wikipedia Triforce Entry
  2. System16 Triforce Entry
  3. Andy Geezer - Amusement Game Services

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