Atari 400 and 800 were very powerful
game-machines at their time (the 800 was also used for application software).
The graphic-chip Antic developed by Jay Miner (who later designed
the Amiga) is programmable and can use a different resolution for each
screen-line. With clever use of the Antic, programs can show all 256
colours at once.
Basic was not included in the roms: You have to plug in a Basic-module.
Without the module, the Atari works as a notepad!
With the introduction of the two Ataris a Basic-module (on a 8K-cartridge)
and the legendary Star-Raiders (also 8K) were available. The second cartridge-port of the Atari 800 was only used
by a few cartridges like the Basic-extension. The Atari 800 was more
professional with its typewriter-style keyboard, the 48 KByte RAM and the
monitor interface. It was also used in many universities.
On the Winter-CES 1979 Atari showed the 400 and 800 after one year of development.
The introduction in the U.S.A. was a big success for Atari. Many games and
application software which were avaible for the Apple II were ported to the
Atari. The greatest arcade-games were programmed for the Atari like Asteroids,
Missile Command and Joust.
Today the old 8-bit Atari-computers have still got many friends. There are
even some new developments like a turbo-card.
CPU/Clock speed:6502/1.92 MHz - 8-Bit
Resolution:320*192 (2 colours)
Sound:4 channel Mono
Languages:Basic, Assembler, ...
Interfaces:4*Joystick, TV, Modul
Storage:Cassette, Disk (5.25"", 360 KB)
Keyboard:Folientast., 61 keys
Size (in mm):340*29*110
Price (approx.):630 DM (1984)
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