<click>The New Generation


1984, Jack Tramiel leaves Commodore and purchases the computer/home entertainment division of Atari, leaving the arcade division to owners Warner Communications. As new technology develops, Mr. Tramiel pushes Atari Corp. to new computing limits but stops the game consoles market. Atari Corp. bid to acquire the powerful Amiga Lorraine 16/32-bit computer but lost it to Commodore, so his team would design it's own new power PC. Based on the same Motorola 68000 CPU with a powerful yet user-friendly graphics environment desktop that made MS-DOS look ancient in comparison, and more affordable so anyone can own one, at home and/or office. The powerful GUI code was created by Digital Research; GEM (Graphics Environment Manager).The STs are not compatible with 8-bit hardware or software..|CLICK IMAGES BELOW FOR IMAGE GALLERIES...

Atari 520ST & 1040ST

March 1985. Atari debuts the ST {for sixteen/thirty two bit, the new Motorola 68000 microproces520ST - 1985 versionsor capacity} . Two models, the 130ST and 520ST, are shown in prototype. Atari Corp. states they will have the new windowing GEM desktop and TOS {the o/s} in ROM and release both models by mid 1985.

Summer 1985, the 520ST is finally released. With MIDI in/out, external 3˝" floppy drive, DMA hard drive, parallel printer, and RS232C serial ports built-in. Also a ROM cartridge port (128K), and mouse/joystick ports. They cancelled the 130ST design due to GEM and TOS not fitting within the 192K ROM chips. The early 520ST's had to boot from disk and left about 300K RAM. This was corrected within the year.

Early 1986, Atari Corp. returns with a new ST model. The 1040ST shipped soon afterwards and became the consumer reports' best buy for the year. Another prototype, the 260ST, was also cancelled. The 1040ST had a built-in double sided floppy drive, soon afterwards the 520ST was re-designed with the internal drive also, as well as a TV port. !!Click on images for more!!

Atari 1040ST  - 1986CPU: Motorola MC68000 running at 8.0 MHz

Memory: 520ST=512K RAM, 1040ST=1024K RAM (each expandable to 4Mb); 192K ROM includes GEM & TOS

Video : Low = 320x200 16 colors___Med = 640x200 4 colors

High = 640x400 mono................... pallet of 512 colors

Sound : 3 voices from 30Hz to above audible range.


`NEW`-- screenshots from ST desktop, low res.
`NEW` -- screenshots from medium res.
'Cyber Sculpt' monochrome high res screenshot

Atari ST has a bigger screen and higher resolution than Apple MacIntosh


Atari MEGA ST
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New for 1987, the MEGA ST offers all the early ST features in a new case with room for expandability and an internal hard drive. The new detached keyboard freed up desk space while the case could support the monitor. The Atari MEGA ST was available with 2Mb or 4Mb RAM standard, memory is socketed for easy upgrading.

Portables; STacy & ST Book
click for larger view{1988} After months of development and FCC tests, Atari releases it's portable ST computer dubbed STacy. STacy offered the complete ST keyboard, an LCD screen simulating 640x400 hi-res, and a mini-trakball to work the pointer. STacy was not very popular since it killed batteries quickly, and using an AC adapter limited portability.

full page Advertisement for STACY, from Atari corp.

+*An Image Gallery of STACY.

ST Book was shown around 1989 but only few were ever released. It was much smaller and lighter than Stacy. It did not have an internal or external floppy disk port. Atari also shown a keyboard-less system named the STylus, also called the ST PAD, which was never released. This used a touch-sensitive screen with a pointer.

 

NEW!!!*NEW* Image Gallery of ST-BOOK & ST-PAD...-CLICK HERE-..see what could've been..

Atari 520STE & 1040STEAtari 1040STE
1989, back to the original cases but with new Enhanced features.

New features include an expanded video pallet of 4096 colors , an improved 8 channel PCM stereo sound chip, two audio-out ports, the blitter co-processor, and two new 15-pin analog controller ports.
Inside, many chips are socketed for easy replacement. RAM is now on SIMM cards for easy upgrading.
New TOS 1.06/1.62 was improved to handle the new features.

 

Atari MEGA STE

[click] for photo gallery1991, The last 16-bit ST released, the MEGA STE offers these changes over the 520/1040STE in a TT style case...left-side view....behind view
>New case which can support a monitor
>new expansion slot
>new custom detachable keyboard
>modified Motorola 68000 CPU, running at 16MHz

>AppleTalk compatible LAN port

>new 1.44 Mb internal floppy drive built-in
>internal DMA hard drive with added cooling fan
>standard 4Mb RAM, on 16-bit SIMM chips
>additional RS232 serial port
>(removed the 15-pin controller ports)

>vastly improved desktop... GEM 2.05/2.06explore TOS 2

customizable icons, unlimited
program icons directly on the desktop
customize desktop screen colors
assign keyboard shortcuts
auto run GEM programs when booting up

....accessories

MacIntosh emulator for Atari ST, simple plug-in cartridge

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