The Falcon 030 was the last computer
release by Atari.
The Falcon is the only available computer
under 2000 pounds with a DSP. The DSP is independent from the CPU and is
used by many programs to increase speed. With the DSP you can make
32 sound-channels from the Falcon's 8 channels (this is done by realtime calculating
the 32 channels to 8 channels). Other possible tasks for the DSP are
vectorgraphic, simulations and a software-modem/fax.
The graphic-chip of the Falcon is widely programmable: You can use
an extern clock speed to increase the possible screen resolution.
The Falcon has (like the ST) no special video-RAM. Instead of that
the memory needed for the screen will be taken from the main memory.
The advantage is that the Falcon lets no bit of the memory unused, the
disadvantage is the slowness in higher resolutions.
The TOS 4.0 is similar to TOS 2.0x but it allows animated colour-icons
and 3D-effects for windows and dialogues.
The Falcon has a great number of interfaces. For example you can connect
the Falcon to nearly every monitor: TV, RGB, the old SM124 and Multisync-monitors.
The further development of the Falcon030 is done by C-Lab Hamburg. In 1996
they presented the C-Lab Falcon MK-X with an enhanced audio-system and
seperate keyboard. They didn't do anything else with their Falcon license
then. In 1999 Titan Designs announced a PowerPC card for the Falcon.
CPU/Clock speed:MC68030/16 MHz - 32-Bit
RAM:4 (64) MByte
Resolution:768*576 High Color
Sound:8 channel Stereo
Operating system:TOS 4.x
Languages:Basic, C, Pascal, ...
Interfaces:MIDI, 4*Joystick/Paddle, RS232, Kopfh__rer,
Storage:Disk (eingeb., 3.5"" 1.44MB), Hard disk, CD-ROM
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