Phonola VG-8020
This page was last modified 20:12, 17 January 2021 by Mars2000you. Based on work by Rderooy and Gdx.



The Phonola VG-8020 is the Philips VG-8020/00 rebranded for the Italian market. It has 64kB RAM (not 80kB as indicated on the box and the machine by adding the VRAM).

This model has been produced by the Japanese company Kyocera. The case is black and silver, the power supply is internal.

Brand Phonola (Manufacturer: Kyocera)
Model VG-8020
Year 1985
Region Italy
Launch price
RAM 64kB in slot 3
Media MSX cartridges
Video Texas Instruments TMS9929A
Audio PSG (YM2149)
Chipset none (separate IC's)
Keyboard layout QWERTY
Extras Reset button
Emulation emulated as Philips VG-8020 - ROM dump needed only for checking. See this thread for details


Phonola VG-8020
Phonola VG-8020 label 1
Phonola VG-8020 label 2
Phonola VG-8020 box
Phonola VG-8020 manuals


The VG-8020/00 is a MSX1 with a Z80 from NEC (D780C-1) without MSX Engine. The cartridge slots are in front, hidden under a panel.

Slot Map

Slot 0 Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3
Page C000h~FFFFh Cartridge
Slot 1
Slot 2
Page 8000h~BFFFh
Page 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM
Page 0000h~3FFFh


  • RF output
  • CVBS connector for monitor
  • Tape recorder connector
  • Centronics connector compatible Parallel port for a printer
  • 2 general connectors (joysticks, mouse, paddle controllers, ...)
  • 2 cartridge slots