NEW ATARI PRODUCTS by Richard Karsmakers
A lot of things are happening right now on the hardware scene of
Atari. The blitter has been demonstrated and is said to be
launched soon in Holland for about 200 Dutch guilders (this is no
official statement, however). But more things have happened: The
long expected Atari PC is there, as well as the 2-and 4 Meg
On Januari 8th of this year, the audience of the Las Vegas CES
(Consumer Electronics Show) was stunned by the launch of the new
Atari PC. They have launched a "here's all you'll ever need" PC
for a price low enough even to undercut the "el cheapo" clone
manufacturers. It sells at about $500 (without monitor, that is
planned at $200 for monochrome; more about this device later),
and it indeed offers very much: It is a compact and elegant
system of 22" square and 2" high, with a built-in half-height
5,25" disk drive and an integral power supply. The keyboard is
XT-style and is attached to the system case by a coiled cable.
There's room for another disk drive (even an ST-style disk drive)
and a mathmetics co-processor. It offers 512 KRam standard, which
is expandable to 640 KRam through sockets on the motherboard.
Standard parallel, serial and combination video ports are also
supplied (the graphics of this system include EGA, CGA, IBM
Monochrome and Hercules graphic cards - standard). The system
employs an Intel 8086 microprocessor which can run at 4.77 or 8
Mhz (turbo-boost) mode.
The PC is said to be virtually 100% compatible with all software
available for the IBM PC and XT, whereas the standard
configuration should be able to run PC GEM, Microsoft Windows and
mouse based programs like Microsoft Word (also available for the
Atari has further on launched several new PC-like ST computers,
which were dubbed "1, 2 and 4 Mega STs". As the names imply,
these machines come with 1, 2 or 4 Meg RAM memory. They all have
a built-in 800 Kb disk drive. They incorporate a built-in
battery-backed clock as well as open processor architecture (this
might be describes as a standard built-in Rhotron bussytem - see
the previous issue of ST NEWS). They are said to be 100%
compatible with the 'old' ST computers, and they are said to
become available in March at about $1000. Atari says these new
machines offer all the things that ST users always wanted (the
ones that wrote to Atari with request, anyway).
Atari keeps on stunning the world of hobby-and personal
computing: They haven't only launched their new PC and x-Meg
machines, but also a new laser-printer at an approximate price of
1500 Dutch guilders being a complete desktop-publishing system.
Atari also announced a 20 Meg Winchester disk drive for the ST,
and price decreases of the 'old' ST line; a 1040 STF with
monochrome monitor will be available for example for around $800
(color monitor version at about $1000).
Atari is surely trying best to beat those Commodore suckers, and
do you know what....I think they'll succeed!
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