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    16-Bit
     
    "The ST's readily apparent strong point is speed. Compared to the Macintosh, working with the ST is extraordinary."
    -John Dvorak, San Francisco Examiner, 1985
    bzzz

    Officially Released   Portables
       Atari 260ST 1985      Atari STacy 1989
       Atari 520ST 1985      Atari STBook 1991
       Atari 1040ST 1985
       Atari MEGA ST 1987   Prototypes/Vaporware
       Atari 520/1040 STe 1990      130ST
       Atari MEGA STe 1990      STylus
         1040STe+
         ATW 800*
          
      *The ATW 800 was produced and sold in limited quantities.

    When the ST line of computers was released in 1985, Atari's advertising slogan for the new line was "Power Without the Price." How right they were. The ST was released at the same time as the Commodore Amiga, and one year after the Apple Macintosh. The current IBM Compatible machines sported the Intel 286 CPU. The ST offered the best price/performance ratio of them all...
     
      Atari 1040 ST IBM PC AT Apple Macintosh Plus Commodore Amiga
    List Price $999 mono, $1199 color $4675 $2195 $1795
    CPU Motorola 68000 Intel 80286 Motorola 68000 Motorola 68000
    Speed (MHz) 8.0 8.0 7.83 7.16
    Standard RAM 1024k 512k 1024k 256k
    $ per RAM kb $0.98 $7.80 $2.14 $7.01
    OS in ROM? Yes No Yes No
    Number of Keys 94 84 78 89
    Mouse? Yes No Yes Yes
    Disk Drive Type 3.5" 5.25" 3.5" 3.5"
    Floppy Drives 1 1 1 1
    Hard Disk Port Yes Yes Yes No
    Color Video? Yes Optional No Yes
    Color palette 512 16 None 4096
    Mono Resolution 640 X 400 720 X 350 * 512 X 342 None
    Color Resolution 640 X 400 or 320 X 200 640 X 200 None 640 X 200 **
    Built-In Midi? Yes No No No
    Sound Voices 3 1 4 4

    * With optional monochrome board
    ** Has a 640 X 400 Interlaced mode
    Thanks to Mark Freid for the information in the chart above.

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