I just find interview with Shiraz Shivji from 1988.: http://st-news.com/issues/st-news-volum ... az-shivji/
There are some very interesting facts:
- Atari (with Jack Tramiel and Shiraz Shivji) had planed to make next generation computer around Inmos Transputer
T800! ST would be used as terminal connected to transputer over DMA port (ASCI).
- Inmos had graphic chip (Colour Lookup Table chip
) that Atari used in Atari PC to get VGA display.
- Atari planed Atari EST
computer (with 68000) with basically TT graphic modes (1280 x 960 in b/w to 640 x 480 in 16 cols and 640 x 240 in 256 cols)
- Atari also planed 020 computer but due " Motorola delayed the availability of such MMU" for 020 Atari change CPU to 030 (this come as Atari TT
another interesting fact is from interview with Sam Tramiel from "Next Generation" (April 1995):
"NG: Atari's shifted its emphasis from computers to consoles. Is this a permanent shift or not?Sam Tramiel: Around the end of 1989, Atari decided that the computer hardware business was too cut-throat, and a proprietary system could not succeed in the long run against the IBM/Intel juggernaut. We decided to focus on the interactive entertainment market.