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Encyclopedia > Atari 800

Atari built a series of 8-bit home computers based on the MOS Technology 6502 CPU, starting in 1979. Over the next decade several versions of the same basic design would be released, but the models remained largely identical internally.


Available programming languages

  • Atari BASIC — This was the original BASIC for the Atari 8-bit family. Came as a ROM cartridge with the Atari 400/800 models, but was built into the computer's ROM in later models.
  • Microsoft BASIC — A version of BASIC for the Atari 8-bit family released by Atari that was more like the industry standard Microsoft BASIC. This did not catch on.
  • Turbo Basic XL — An improved version of Atari BASIC released by a third party that is not only faster, but offers many more commands. There is also a compiler that makes Turbo-BASIC XL programs even faster by compiling them int machine-language binaries.
  • Atari-LOGO
  • 6502-Assembler — A 6502 assembler editor and compiler was released by Atari in cartridge form. Several 3rd-parties made improved 6502 assemblers.
  • kyan-Pascal
  • Action!

External links

  • Atari 8-Bit Computers: Frequently Asked Questions (http://www.cs.uu.nl/wais/html/na-dir/atari-8-bit/faq.html)
  • http://www.atari8bit.org/
  • Atari Historical Society (http://www.atari-history.com/)
  • Atari Archives (http://www.atariarchives.org/)
  • The Atari 8-bit Computer WebRing (http://q.webring.com/hub?ring=a8bit)
  • Atari 8-bit Resort (http://www.uni-karlsruhe.de/~Marek.Tomczyk/8bit.html)

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The Atari 800 Personal Computer System (656 words)
The Atari 400 and 800 got their number designations from their original memory configurations which were 4K for the 400 and 8K for the 800.
The front of the Atari 800 was equipped with 4 controller jacks which were compatible with all of the Atari 2600 joysticks, paddles, and keypads.
Atari also developed a 64K RAM card for the Atari 800 to replace all 3 16K RAM cards, this card too was never sold.
AtariAge - Atari 800/XL/XE History (2023 words)
Behind the open cartridge door of the Atari 800 were two latches (later replaced by screws) which when opened revealed an expansion bay within the top of the Atari 800.
Atari also encased its expansion boards inside of custom cases so that they could be handled as easily and safely as cartridges.
Atari would later introduce a replacement for the 830 called the 835 Direct Connect Modem and this device was an SIO compatible device, therefore not requiring the 850 interface.
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