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SAA1099P - Bare.jpg
Developer: Philips
Released: 1984-??-??
Type: Chip

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The SAA1099 is a PSG designed by Philips around 1984.


The chip has the following features:

  • Six 8-octave (256 tones per octave) tone generators
  • Six tone/noise mixers
  • Twelve amplitude controllers (2 per channel to give a stereo effect)
  • Two noise generators
  • Two envelope generators
  • Two 6-channel mixers (one for each output)


The following sound cards and computer systems utilized the SAA1099:

Release Company Device Notes
1987-03-?? Silicon Graphics IRIS Professional 4D Has an on-board SAA1099 for each computer in the series (50, 60, 70, 80, and 85).
1987-08-?? Creative Creative Music System Contains 2 SAA1099s.
1988-10-?? Silicon Graphics IRIS Power 4D Has an on-board SAA1099 for each computer in the series (1x0, 2x0, 3x0, and 4x0).
1988-??-?? Creative Game Blaster Contains 2 SAA1099s.
1989-??-?? Creative Sound Blaster Uses a YM3812, but has sockets for 2 SAA1099s for backward compatibility.
1989-??-?? Miles Gordon Technology SAM Coupé Has a single SAA1099 on the motherboard.

The Sound Blaster 1.5 and Sound Blaster 2 both have empty chip slots for adding two SAA1099 chips for backward compatibility.


The SAA1099 has also been used by in various arcade games and the System5 family.

Picture Gallery


Document Download
Manual, 1984 Download - (info)
Manual, 1986 Download - (info)

Emulation Status

The SAA1099 has been emulated numerous times:

  • DOSBox - For Game Blaster emulation.
  • MAME - Necessary to emulate various games.
  • SimCoupé - A SAM Coupé emulator.
  • SAASound - An SAA1099 emulator.
  • SAAemu - An SAA1099 emulator.