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Atari Falcon 030
|released in 1992|
|CPU: Motorola MC68030 16MHz|
MEMORY: 1, 4, or 14MB of RAM / 512KB ROM
GRAPHICS: "VIDEL" video CPU, with an 18bit RGB color palette of 262,144 possible colours,resolution of 640x480 / 256 colours and 640x400 / 65,536 colours, BLiTTER graphics co-processor
SOUND: Motorola 56000 DSP, 8 stereo (16 mono) 16 bit DMA channels at up to 50 kHz, SDMA sound/DMA Co-processor + YM2149
MEDIA/STORAGE: 1.44 MB 3.5 inch Floppy disk - internal, 2.5 inch IDE - internal, SCSII
|The Atari Falcon was Atari Corporation's final computer product, more specifically named the Atari Falcon030 Computer System. Codenamed Sparrow, the machine was based on a Motorola 68030 main CPU, and had a Motorola 56000 digital signal processor (the latter distinguishing it from most other microcomputers of the era)|
The Falcon was released in late 1992 and subsequently cancelled in late 1993 as Atari Corp. restructured itself to focus completely on the release and support of its newest product, the Atari Jaguar video game console. The use of the 1040ST case was due to haste and low cost, the planned "microbox" case that was more like the Mega STe or TT030 case wasn't ready yet and Atari Corp. had decided to exit the computer business.
The Atari Falcon030 had many powerful features but its performance was not as great as it could have been, mostly due to Atari Corp.'s decision to put the 32-bit 68030 microprocessor on a 16-bit data bus. This was in order to maintain close compatibility with the Atari STE.
The machine had a few impressive games developed though, like 'Aazohm Krypht' which was a fighting game in the vein of Mortal Kombat that featured digitized actors and photographic backgrounds in a 256 color mode, and 'Running' a 3D FPS like Quake featuring VGA 256 colors on screen and smooth framerate.
|18bit RGB 262,144-colors palette (256 on screen and up to 262,114 in static image)|
Atari TT 030
|released in 1990 |
|CPU: Motorola 68030 32MHz|
GRAPHICS: TT Shifter (TT Video shift register chip) which enabled bitmap graphics. Resolutions of 320x200 (16 color), 320x480 (256 colors), 640x200 (4 colors), 640x480 (16 colors), palette of 4096 colors, 640x400 (2 colors), 1280x960 mono
SOUND: Yamaha YM2149 (DMA) sound chip with 2-channels stereo 8-bit PCM sound at 6.25/12.5/25/50 kHz, MIDI in/out
MEDIA/STORAGE: 1.44MB HD floppy, 2,5" HDD
|Atari TT030 was a new machine based on the Motorola 68030 processor running at 32 MHz with advanced graphic capabilities compared to the STE series. |
NOTE that, it cannot compare to the superior Atari Falcon series in terms of graphics and sound capabilities, but it is included here (same category) because of it s superior CPU, higher screen resolutions and 256 on-screen colors feature compared to the ST/STE series.
The ATARI TT030 was capable of high screen resolutions with better colour palettes and addressing more memory, with optional onboard hard drive (slotting onto the base as a second, smaller box). Popular with CAD and DTP communities of the time for its sheer graphical capability (its high resolution only recently having become a common size on modern PCs) and processing speed
|12bit RGB 4096-colors palette (256 on screen and up to 4096 in static image)|
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