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The Atari 800XE was the last 8-bit machine produced by Atari. It was almost the same machine as the 800XL with a case almost the same as the 130XE. It was only sold in East European countries, mainly Germany and Poland.

The main hardawe difference with the 800XL was FREDDIE, a new memory management custom chip (also found in the 65XE) allowing to address up to 128 KB of RAM and to better share RAM area with ANTIC, the graphics chip.

The 800XE could be easily upgraded to 128 KB by adding two memory chips on board. The layout of the I/O connectors was exactly the same as the 130XE. Some games which were developed for the 130XE were compatible with the 800XE, but not backwards compatible with the 800XL.

The 800XE had a short life, it was sold for less than one year.


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TYPE  Home Computer
YEAR  1985
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke keyboard, 57 keys, 5 function keys (Help, Start, Select, Option, Reset)
CPU  MOS 6502C
SPEED  1.79 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR  GTIA (video), POKEY (Sound, I/O), ANTIC (Video), FREDDY (memory)
RAM  64 KB expandable to 128 KB
ROM  24 kb (16 KB for OS, 8 KB for BASIC)
TEXT MODES  Five text modes, maximum : 40 columns x 24 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  11 graphic modes, maximum : 320 x 192 pixels
COLORS  16 colors with 15 intensity level each
SOUND  4 channels, 3.5 octaves
SIZE / WEIGHT  35 (W) x 23.5 (D) x 6.5 (H) cm / 1.4 kg
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)
PRICE  Unknown

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