Atari MegaST-2 The Atari MegaST-2 was introduced in 1987 and was the follow-on to Atari's MegaST, with 2meg of RAM. It is housed in a slim, grey pizza-box style case, and contains a 68000 cpu, MS-DOS compatible 720k floppy, an external floppy connector, external DMA connector for hard disks and such, 2 MIDI ports, a serial port, a paralell port, and the TOS ROM's, which contained the ST's GUI operating system, based on GEM by Digital Research. The ST doesn't require any disks to boot, since it's OS is in ROM, and is quite a nice looking system when run using the high-resolution mono monitor. The ST line of computers has been a favorite of musicians for years due to the built in MIDI capabilities of the line. The MegaST provided 8-bit mono sound and a palette of 512 colors. Maximum resolution was 640x400 in monochrome, 640x200 in 4 colors, or 320x200 in 16 colors.

The ST line of computers was concieved as Atari's answer to the Apple Macintosh by Jack Tramiel after his purchase of the company from Warner Communications. Atari had previously lent Amiga Corp. money to finance the developement of the 'Lorraine' prototype and signed an agreement with the company allowing Atari access to the technology. The ST series, often referred to as the 'Jackintosh', incorporated such items as the blitter into thier design.

Atari dropped all remaining support for the 8-bit computer line on January 1, 1992. Atari was bought out by disk drive manufacturer JTS Corp. on July 30, 1996, and production of it's computers stopped. The Falcon was sold to C-Labs of Germany who enhanced it and continued it's production. On February 23, 1998 JTS sold it's Atari division to Hasbro Inc. for $5 million, forming Atari Interactive Inc. Atari Games, the coin-op division which remained seperate from Atari Corp. and was later known as Time-Warner Interactive, became a subsidiary of Midway Games Inc.

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