A tribute to Jack Tramiel, father of Commodore 64 (gallery)

A tribute to Jack Tramiel, father of Commodore 64 (gallery)

Summary: Jack Tramiel was the king of the computer industry in the 1980s when the market for home computers first took off.

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  • After getting into a dispute at Commodore, Jack left and purchased ailing Atari from Warner Communications. By this time the industry moved on from MOS 6502 processor to the 16/32-bit Motorola 68000.

    The Atari 520ST was also known as the "Jackintosh" due to its graphical user interface. It used the Motorola 68000 and competed against Apple's Macintosh and Commodore's Amiga computers.

  • The Atari-130XE which was announced in 1985 was the last of the 8-bit computer series. It came with 128KB of RAM.

  • The Atari Lynx was the first color gaming handheld and was released in 1989 for a price of $179. Nintendo's GameBoy was released at about the same time and although it was black and white, its price tag of $99 took a bite out of Lynx sales.

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  • Heck of a life

    Never thought about his life.
    He experienced a lot.
    I remember working on commercial equipment with the old 6800 chip.
    Way way back when.
    MoeFugger
  • Atari 520 ST

    Boy, the Atari ST sure brings back memory. Even todays PC doesn't have such a nice design
    bojanwojan