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Atari ST (console)


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  4. See also
Created when Jack Tramiel left Commodore and took over Atari.

The Atari ST is a home computer that was announced at Winter CES in January 1985 and subsequently released by Atari Corporation in June 1985. Development machines were distributed around May 1985 and it was available commercially from that summer into the early 1990s. The "ST" officially stands for "Sixteen/Thirty-two", which referred to the Motorola 68000's 16-bit external bus and 32-bit internals. Due to its graphical user interface, it was jokingly referred to as the "Jackintosh", a reference to Jack Tramiel. (source: wiki)


The Atari ST typically features a Motorola 680x0 CPU @ 8 MHz and either 512 or 1024Kb of RAM, that can be extended up to 4Mb.
Music-wise, it has integrated midi and the YM2149F soundchip. The STE also has a chip able to play back 8-bit samples at up to 50KHz, allowing it to play Amiga modules (at a higher CPU cost).


Atari ST is used in the following formats:
- aym


- maxYMiser
- Vortex Tracker II

See also

- Atari
- AY YM (soundchip)
- Wikipedia page