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A Fairchild Story

October 15, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 076 - A Fairchild Story

We cover the history of the Fairchild company and their console the Fairchild Channel F.  It is a fascinating journey of how a company was thrust into a role where they could get in on the ground floor of the new video game industry.  Although through bad experiences in other industries, an epic struggle to ger FCC approval, and observations on the turmoil of the video game industry, Fairchild was defeated.  Fairchild's exit from the scene was not so much the initial hurdles they faced, but their lack of will to produce, and market in quantities that would let them gain the market share they needed.


How Integrated Circuits are made:

Fairchild on Integrated Circuits:

Fairchild Channel F Hockey:

Fairchild Channel F Blackjack:

Fairchild Channel F Spitfire:

Fairchild Channel F Controller Demonstration:
Overview of the Fairchild Channel F:

How ROM Cartridges Worked:


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