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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.


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.

NAME  65 / 130 XE
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  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
COLORS  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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