Nowadays, the Atari brand belongs to Ex-Infogrames.
Used to build 8 bits consoles (Atari2600...), 8 bits computers and the famous Atari ST (16 bit)
The Atari ST were released in 1985-86...
They were famous for being :
- Inferior to the Amiga yet still better (the war still rages on nowadays).
- A hardware Midi Port : this spawned a generation of Musician Geeks.
- used widely in Amstrad CPC software developments (mostly games ?).
It's use in CPC development (Cross Development) had many advantages :
- Quite similar Video Resolutions : 320x200x16.
- Possibility of a good GUI : easier, really.
- Same Sound Chip : almost.
- Quite powerfull to calculate sweet Data Compression (used in Xyphoes Fantasy)