10 Facts About Atari Sierra


Atari Sierra was bogged down since its inception through a committee process that never could come to a consensus on the design specifications.

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Atari Sierra management concluded they had no way to sell into the business market, redirecting Gaza engineers to a new low-cost machine based on the Amiga chipset, "Mickey".

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Atari Sierra referred to these chips as co-processors, sharing the main memory to communicate instructions and data.

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Atari Sierra was astonished at the system's limitations and was determined to design something better.

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Atari Sierra's design tracked a set of rectangular areas with different origin points and a priority.

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Atari Sierra came about through a conversation between Alkire and Doug Crockford.

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The original design documents suggest different Atari Sierra concepts aimed at the home computer market with a price point as low as $300 using a low power CPU, all the way through business machines, student computers and low-end workstations.

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Sierra proceeded alongside similar projects within Atari being run by other divisions, including an upscale m68k machine known as Gaza.

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Work on the various Atari Sierra concepts continued through 1983 and into 1984, by which point little progress had been made on the complete design.

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Atari Sierra had already licensed the Lorraine chipset for a games console machine, and the Gaza team was told to drop their efforts and begin work on a desktop computer design using Lorraine, codenamed "Mickey".

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