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Atari Glossary 't...z'

TOM

One of the three chips that used to be the 'Jaguar' chipset. 'Tom' runs at 26.6 MHz and incorporates the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit, processor 1 of 5), the Object Processor (processor 2 of 5) and the 'Blitter' (processor 3 of 5).


TT (THIRTYTWO / THIRTYTWO)

Atari's 32bit computer-line. The name 'TT' refers to the processor's (Motorola 68030) bus architecture; 32bit data and 32bit address.


VCS (2600)

'VCS' stands for VIDEO COMPUTER SYSTEM. 'VCS' was the original name for the Atari 2600.


VIDEO MUSIC

Released back in 1976, the Atari 'Video Music', hooked up to a television and connected to a stereo's line-out, produces fantastic colored patterns in a VCS-quality-style onto your television. The Atari 'Video Music' is very, very rare. Later in 1995, this kind of personal light-show was re-invented with the release of the Atari Jaguar CD-ROM unit.


WARNER COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY

Today in business under 'AOL Time Warner', the biggest media-company in the world. Owned 'Atari, Inc.' from 1976 to 1984 and 'Atari Games Corporation' from 1984 to 1996 until sold to Midway / Williams. Also owned 25% of 'Atari Corporation' from 1984 to 1996 unti sold to JTS.


WILLIAMS

As a part of Midway / Williams, owner of Atari Games Corp. and the 'Atari Games' label since 1996. On January 14th, 2000 Midway / Williams stopped all activities on their 'Atari-Games' brand. 'Rush 2049' was the last game to be published under the 'Atari Games' brand.


XEGS

This machine hit the market in 1987. The 'XEGS' (XE Game System) is an Atari 800XE (Europe), or an Atari 65XE (NTSC) respectively. Atari made some minor modifications to the PCB and built a fancy 80's-style case around the rather outdated hardware. The XEGS has a detachable keyboard and can be used as a game console (without the keyboard) or as a regular computer with the keyboard attached.
 

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