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A > ATARI  > TT 030

TT 030

Further information from Dark Willow:

There are a few odd things with the TT. It seems early versions shipped with no less then four serial ports, which was assumably seen as overkill as later machihnes only have two, though all have the AppleTalk LAN port though as far as I know no software has ever made use of it. Aparently, one of Atari's explanations for rhte 4 ports was that the 68030 processor could handle them so why not?

The Blitter chip, which gave the hardware assited scrolling at so forth was left out as Atari thought the faster CPU would compensate for it.
This was the first Atari to have "proper" SCSI as standard factory spec. The Mega STe which came around the same time had a weird proto-SCSI system that allowed for only one device, the TT can support two internal drives (though the case design and PSU makes it a practical impossibility) and up to six external (IIRC). Bizzarely, it's a much more stable implimentation than was seen later, on the Falcon, where the more modern SCSI II is pretty flakey.

In many ways, this was the best computer Atari made in the ST range. Fast and powerful and expandable, let down by a stupidly high pricing system ($3000?!) and advertising that could only be described as a crime against PR. I still have one, and it's a good system even today. Shame no one ever made use of the AppleTalk!

Edd Scorpio adds the following:
- The TT-030 featured the first high density floppy on an Atari system, which could be "over formatted" to hold 1.9 MB!
- Later revisions came standard with a Seagate SCSI 50 MB hard drive
- High resolution colour graphics (SVGA) were possible with add on cards (which at the time sold for about $1000 CA), but otherwise the TT would work with most "standard" PC displays.
- The TT was considered a "Graphics Workstation" - I published an entire magazine on mine using "Calamus SL" which was the best publishing application ever written. (Note: Calamus was eventually ported to the PC for WIN 9x and NT, then DMC was sold to MGI Software, and now MGI has been sold to Roxio for a mere $85 Million US).

About Calamus, Alemko Gluhak clarifies:
At the end of 2001, the American Adaptec company ROXIO Inc. incorporated MGI. Now Ulf Dunkel could finally purchase the Calamus SL rights from ROXIO. Since July 26 2002, invers Software owns the Calamus rights – Calamus is back home in Germany again.

About the RAM configuration, Peter Andreas Jens adds:
The TT is able to hold up to 256 megs of TT-ram depending on the type of ramcard you install.
On the max possible amout of ST-ram there are different thoughts: Some say up to ten megs (2+8 or vice versa), others say fourteen (8+8 but two unused).
The LocalTalk compatible 'lan' port is a serial port and can be used as alternative to one of the other ports - iirc the modem 2.

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