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65 / 130 XE

The Atari 130-XE was first shown at the Winter Las Vegas Consumer Electronic Show in 1985 (with the Atari 130 ST), it has the same characteristics as the Atari 800 XL except its added memory (128 KB instead of 64 KB for the 800 XL).
The extended memory can be used as a RAM disk, or can be accessed by bank switching routines.

It was an attempt to extend the life of the old XL series, but Atari abandoned it pretty quickly to concentrate on promoting the ST series, which uses the same case style.

Several XE machines were also produced :
- the Atari 65-XE (which is exactly like the 800 XL, except for the rear parallel connector, which it doesn't have),
- the Atari XE Game Console (1987) which is a 65-XE with an optional detachable keyboard. It was Atari Corp.'s attempt to do what they felt the 5200 should have been.
- the 65-XEM (a computer with a special custom sound chip called "Amy"). Reports stated that the Amy chip sounded better than the Commodore 64's SID chip (!). This machine would never be released,
- the 65-XEP (Atari's answer to the Commodore SX-64, it would never be released either),
- and a modified 65XE was sold in Europe as the 800XE.

The Atari 65-XE and 130-XE will have a very short life due to the 16 bit home computer competition.

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Jesse comments:
The XEGS differed from the 65XE in another way: It had the game Missile Command built in. If you held Select key down (maybe it was Start or Option) when turning on the machine, Missile Command would start.

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The 800XE was actually a 130XE with half the RAM, and not a modified 65XE. The 130XE and 800XE both used the same motherboard with the ECI port next to the cartridge slot. The 65XE did not have this expansion port so it is not the same machine as the 800XE.

          
Thursday 16th January 2014
Joe (USA)

A cousin owned one of these, with the Amy chip, and I have to agree that this chip did sound better, but not by too much.

Also, there were ROM and other hardware differences which made it incompatible with some games and other software on diskette, necessitating the use of a special DOS patch.

Still, this was an interesting and fun system to program and use.

          
Tuesday 27th March 2012
Kelly R. (Kenai, Alaska USA)

I spent my youth on atari & commodore. Started on Atari 2600, had commodore 64 for a while and when that died I had an 800xl which I soon upgraded to a 130XE which I still have. Now I've been using Atari computers for 20 years straight and have a decent collection now. I still have the same 130XE and it's still used alongside its 600XL and 800 brothers. And I'd like to say Hello to any members of TAF (Toronto Atari Federation) who happen to visit this page.

          
Monday 28th July 2008
James
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NAME  65 / 130 XE
MANUFACTURER  Atari
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  1985
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Atari Basic
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke keyboard, 57 keys, 5 function keys (Help, Start, Select, Option, Reset)
ESC, TAB, CONTROL, SHIFT (x2), DELETE, BREAK, RETURN, CAPS, GRAPH MODE
CPU  MOS 6502C
SPEED  1.79 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR  GTIA (video), POKEY (Sound, I/O), ANTIC (Video), FREDDY (memory)
RAM  130-XE : 128 kb
65-XE : 64 kb
ROM  24 kb
TEXT MODES  Five text modes, maximum : 40 x 24
GRAPHIC MODES  11 graphic modes, maximum : 320 x 192
COLOrsc  16 colors with 15 intensity level each
SOUND  4 channels, 3.5 octaves
I/O PORTS  Composite video output, Cardridge port, Expansion port, SIO peripheral port (tape, disk, printer, modem), 2 x joystick connectors
POWER SUPPLY  External power supply unit (1A, 5v cc)


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