Retrogamer_ST wrote:I was always a bit confused over why Atari never used Jay Miner custom chips when designed ST. This article explains pretty much why. Never the less, Atari come up with a good computer anyway. But imagine a computer with Jay Miners custom chips and GEM. It should be a powerful computer that was easy to use too (i hope)
I think that Atari's biggest blunder was to ignore the american market.
The article doesn't explain anything about why. Literally, the ST (known as RBP) was in development before Jack purchased the Consumer Division assets. It was never planned around the Amiga chips (though the confusion often arrises from the fact that Jack did visit Amiga in the spring of '84 to see about possibly using that tech in his new computer, but it was one of several companies he visited and ultimately decided not to work with any of them).
Additionally, Amiga's contract was with Warner and Warner's company Atari Inc. It did not come with the purchase. Even if it had, the licensing agreement was for game console and coin-op use only. Personal computer use wasn't allowed until 1986.
Correct. And when Commodore bought Jay Miners company Commodore quickly got sued.
No, they got counter-sued a month later. The suit was a counter-suit against Commodore via Amiga. When Jack purchased the Consumer Division assets and formed Atari Corp., several of his ex-Commodore engineers were immediately sued by Commodore. Commodore placed an injunction on them doing any computer work for Jack, effectively shutting down RBP for the entire month of July. Towards the end of that month Jack's son Leonard discovered the cashed check from the original payment to Amiga. Jack saw an opportunity to strike back at Commodore and he went to Warner and negotiated for the Amiga contract to launch his own suit.
Before Jack Tramiel
After Jack Tramiel
Atari changed quite a lot.
If you're talking about as a brand, I can understand. If you're talking about as a company, that's a myth. It was literally two completely different companies. Jack only bought the assets from Atari Inc.'s Consumer Division and the Atari brand name. He did not buy the company. Hefolded those assets into his own company (Tramel Technology Ltd. or TTL) and then renamed that to Atari Corp. Meanwhile Atari Inc. (the original company) was immediately renamed to Atari Games Inc. It then spent the rest of 1984 being paired down to just the Coin Division group until it was sold (majority ownership) to NAMCO in early '85 and renamed Atari Games Corp.