Acorn Electron

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The Acorn Electron was a budget version of the BBC Micro released in 1983 by Acorn Computers Ltd.


The Acorn Electron core is feature complete as far as the base Electron hardware goes. It is capable of loading games and programs via a virtual cassette interface (UEF or RAW format) and saving (RAW format only). In addition the Plus 1 expansion hardware is supported allowing the use of two single button digital joysticks and ROMs.

Please refer to the readme.txt file included with the core download for Plus1 usage instructions and required ROMs.


ROM files are not distributed with this core. You will need the OS and Basic ROMs or a combined os_basic ROM present in the same directory as the acorn_electron.ini file.

ROM          SHASum
os.rom       a48b8fa0cfb09140e808ac8a187316c605a0b32e
basic.rom    4a7393f3a45ea309f744441c16723e2ef447a281
os_basic.rom bad51a4666ff9e9eed19811a1eb9d4cda10e69a3

Further Information

Please report any issues with the core and any games on the fpgaarcade forum

For the latest core information and setup instructions refer to the readme.txt file in the svn core sdcard directory.

If you’re interested in reading about the development of this core, it’s documented in a series of blog posts .


The latest Acorn Electron source is available via SVN.

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