The Pippin Concept Prototype (EVT-1) is the first Pippin prototype that was shared by Apple Computer with its partners in Japan to conduct preliminary tests of the Pippin platform. EVT is an acronym for Engineering Validation Test at Apple.
Constructed by Apple in a custom black box, this early prototype is more similar to a desktop Power Macintosh computer than a set top console. It has been associated with the early Power Macintosh 6100, but uses a DA-15 Mac video port instead of a HDI-45 connector. It also has a DB-25 SCSI port, 2 GeoPorts (labeled for printer and modem), left and right RCA audio ports, a composite video and s-video port on the back. It has a headphone and standard ADB jacks on the front, requiring adapter dongles to test prototypes of AppleJack controllers and devices.
The internal optical drive is a beta version of a CR-504 mechanism from Matsushita-Kotobuki Electronics that is found in the 4x-speed AppleCD 600e. The analog video signal is run through an interlacing filter and scaled at an 8:7 ratio for overscan on CRT television sets.
The internals of the system were designed in Cupertino, California by a team assembled by Eric R. Sirkin, Apple's director of Macintosh OEM products. An industrial design team worked separately on the external case design for what would become the Pippin Power Player.
The Pippin Concept Prototype was first unveiled at MILIA '95 in Cannes in January. It was shown again by Apple at CeBIT in Hanover in March 1995. It was also demonstrated by Bandai at Macworld Expo Tokyo '95 in February (where the "Pippin Power Player" brand was used) and the Tokyo Toy Show in June 1995.
About 10 units were sent to Bandai's Pippin development team in October 1995 to begin testing with its partners in Japan. Titles from about 20 developers were ported on these prototypes for a private launch presentation that was held on October 16 in Ebisu, Shibuya. By December 1995, their development role was filled by the Pippin Power Player prototype, which more closely matched the retail version of the Pippin Atmark console.
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