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The Atari Mega STE was Atari's last ST series machine. Taking something from all the 680x0-based machines they'd produced, they had the idea of a more business-like version of their main machine, from the ST vs the Mega ST, and the new features of the STE, the actual case designed from the TT (plus some other features) and wrapped that up with some other upgrades. For the concept Atari (当たり) in the board game of Go, see Atari (go term). ... For the concept Atari (当たり) in the board game of Go, see Atari (go term). ... The Atari 520 ST The Atari ST is a home/personal computer that was commercially popular from 1985 to the early 1990s. ... The Motorola 68000 is a CISC microprocessor, the first member of a successful family of microprocessors from Motorola, which were all mostly software compatible. ...


Logically, it is based on an STE in terms of available hardware. Physically, the 2MB and 4MB models shipped with a high res, mono monitor, an internal scsi hard disk (the 1MB model included neither a monitor, SCSI hard disk, nor hard disk controller). Despite offering better ST compatability than the TT, it also included a number of TT features, from the ST-grey version of the TT case with separate keyboard and system unit, a VMEbus slot, two extra RS232 ports (all 9-pin rather than 25-pin as previous models had), an AppleTalk network port and a 1.44MB HD floppy support. Support for a third/middle mouse button was included, too. VMEbus is a computer bus standard originally developed for the Motorola 68000 line of CPUs, but later widely used for many applications and standardized by the IEC as ANSI/IEEE 1014-1987. ... AppleTalk is a suite of protocols developed by Apple Computer for computer networking. ...

The biggest reason for upgrading over an STE was the software-switchable CPU speed, which could run at 16MHz, or 8MHz for better compatibility with old software. An upgrade to the OS was also included, initially shipping with TOS 2.0 and later 2.6/2.06. TOS may refer to: Computing Tape Operating System, predecessor to IBMs Disk Operating System. ...

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Atari was also working on a "high-end" 68000 based machine at the time, so it is not clear what their intentions for the Amiga design were.
Atari had originally intended to release versions with 128 KB and 256 KB of RAM as the 130ST and 260ST respectively, but the rapidly falling prices of RAM at the time led them to cancel these versions and it was released with 512K only.
Atari went on to release the Mega STE (an STE in a grey TT case that ran at 16MHz).
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