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Atari 130XE

See below for specifications and information on this system.

Specifications and information

Introduced: January 1985 (Announcement)
CPU: 6502C, 1.79 MHz
Memory: 128K RAM (64K+64K banked), 24K ROM
Operating System: XE Operating System
Input/Output: 130XE-specific Enhanced Cartridge Interface (ECI) Port, two joystick ports, composite video output, serial bus connector for floppy drive or printer
Resolution: 320x192 max, up to 256 colors, 40x24 text
Bus: Atari XE ECP
Other Items in Collection: XF551 Floppy Drive, Power Supply
Items Needed: Operating System versions

The 130XE is compatible with the Atari XL/XE line of computers, but adds an additional 64K of RAM, and a new "Freddy" custom chip to manage the banked memory. It also includes a special expansion port that was only used on the 130XE -- the Enhanced Cartridge Interface port. This port was used for such items as SCSI hard disk interfaces and custom I/O controllers.

This machine was a step up from the Atari 65XE model. It was announced simultaneously with Atari's totally new architecture 520ST.

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