This timeline will expand as the podcast goes along!
- Atari Inc.: Business is Fun by Marty Goldberg and Curt Vendel
- Timeline of old personal computers: http://oldcomputers.net/
Initial planning of a VCS replacement. Joe Decuir and Jay Miner started the hardware development to replace the VCS by sometime in 1979
George McLeod designed the CTIA
Doug Neubauer designed POKEY (POtentiometers and KEYboard interface, and oh it did some sound too)
Joe Decuir designed the SIO interface (Atari wanted slots but FCC had strict rules about shielding for home devices: (from http://www.atarimuseum.com/articles/joedecuir.html):
Atari was dealing with the FCC under the Part 15 Type I rules, for anything that actually generated TV channel RF. Those radiation rules were much stricter then the Class A and Class B rules that common computers must meet, so slots were out, and we ended up wrapping the electronics in a 2mm thick aluminum casting. The serial bus was our way of adding peripherals. (It was also a very expensive one. I think it sank the product.) Meanwhile, Apple was dodging the FCC, by not including the RF modulator themselves. You had to buy it from someone else and install it yourself.
- co-invented fax modems and worked on the original USB specification and design (from http://www.digitpress.com/library/interviews/interview_joe_decuir.html)
- Atari announces the Atari 400 and 800 personal computers.
- OS developed by Alan Miller, Larry Kaplan, Bob Whitehead, and David Crane
- Demoed at the Winter CES
- 400, 800 released
- Compute! magazine’s first issue
- Alan Miller, Larry Kaplan, Bob Whitehead, and David Crane leave to form Activision
- First ads appeared (Byte) 400: US$549, 800: US$999
- sold 35000 computers (gamasutra)
- Compute! magazine starts monthly publication
- ANALOG Magazine inaugural issue, starting bi-monthly publication
- Atari announces the 8KB Atari 400 is being discontinued, 16k memory will be standard at a list price of US$399
- ANALOG Magazine moves to quarterly publication
- Atari begins shipping all Atari 800 units with GTIA graphics chips, allowing modes 9, 10, and 11 with up to 16 colors per scan line
- ANALOG Magazine returns to bi-monthly publication
- Atari introduces the 1200XL home computer.
- Antic magazine begins monthly publication
- Atari offers a US$100 rebate on the Atari 800, bringing its retail price to below US$400.
- Atari cancels production of the Atari 1200XL, due to compatibility and other problems.
- Atari releases the 600XL, US$199: http://www.pcmuseum.ca/details.asp?id=64
- ROM magazine inaugural issue, bi-monthly publication
- Atari releases the 800XL, US$299: http://www.pcmuseum.ca/details.asp?id=64
1983: June - Atari introduces the Atari 600 XL. 1983: June - Atari introduces the Atari 800 XL, with 64 KB RAM. 1983: June - Atari introduces the Atari 1450 XL, with built-in 300 bps modem. 1983: June - Atari introduces the Atari 1450 XLD, with built-in 300 bps modem and disk drive.
- Hi-Res magazine final issue
- Jack Tramiel, Former President of Commodore International, buys the Atari console and home computer divisions
- Atari introduces the 65XE (64K RAM) for US$199
- Atari introduces the 130XE (128K RAM) for US$299
- ROM magazine final issue
- Atari User inaugural issue, monthly publication