Trivia: Atari STE – “Touch the Future”

While perusing various computer catalogs seeking faster upgrades and better hardware, I encountered this flyer from a local computer store advertising the Atari STE computer system.

Curious to know what the future of computing might bring, I clearly see that it consists of a Motorola 68000 CPU with at least 512K of RAM. Goes to show that what goes around comes around.

The Atari home computers were decent systems for their time, but with so many different model numbers available — and a new model (seemingly) released every year — it can be tricky to keep track of them all. Here are a few models in the ST family:

Atari ST 1985
Atari STE 1989
Atari TT030 1990
Atari MEGA STE 1991
Atari Falcon 1992

Interesting note: The “ST” in Atari ST is a reference to the description of the 68000 CPU’s 16-bit external data bus (S for Sixteen-bit) and the 32-bit internal bus (T for Thirty-two). The E in STE stands for Enhanced.

Atari discontinued the ST line of computers in 1993 to shift attention to the Atari Jaguar video game system. Surprisingly, some people today continue to use Atari ST computers either as a hobby or as heavily upgraded home systems.

So, if you want to touch the future, touch an Atari STE. Now, how does it install Linux…?


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  1. #1 by oldschoolgameblog on May 29, 2012 - 6:50 PM

    Nice. 🙂 People are still making stuff for the old Atari machines. Some even make demos with 3D-engines that has texture-mapping! There is also new hardware being released for the Falcon for example.

    Personally I use an Amiga, but I think the Atari is nice as well. 😉

  1. scary games

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