Atari 400

The Atari 400 was an 8-bit home computer released in November 1979. It was based around the MOS 6502 CPU running at 1.8 MHz.

As the 400 was part of the Atari 8-bit family, then it shared the benefit of having custom co-processor chips, which enabled graphics and sound that were much more advanced than other 8-bit machines on the market at the time. It should also be noted that the Atari 8-bit family of home computers were the first to come with custom co-processor chips.

The machine was designed primarily for children with it’s “advanced child-proof design featuring a pressure sensitive wipe clean keyboard”. With a cartridge port under the front cover, enabling the Atari cartridge game library to be accessed easily.

The 400 also had the capability of having access to a series of plug-n-play peripherals such as a tape drive, floppy disc drive or printer for example as the original 400 and 800 models used an Atari SIO serial bus system, which was essentially an early analogue concept of the modern USB system we use today.

Recent posts

Like this post? Share it!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on google
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest

Sinclair ZX81

The ZX81 is a home computer produced by Sinclair Research and manufactured in Dundee, Scotland by Timex Corporation.

Ian McNaught-Davis

Ian McNaught-Davis (30 August 1929 – 10 February 2014) was a British television presenter best known for presenting the BBC television

David Braben

David Braben has been called “one of the most influential computer game programmers of all time”, based on his early game development

Jeff Minter

In 1981 Jeff Minter started independently writing and selling video games for the Sinclair ZX80, the first machine he owned.

The Oliver Twins

Andrew Nicholas Oliver and Philip Edward Oliver, together known as the Oliver Twins, are British twin brothers and video game designers.

Amiga 1200

The Amiga 1200, or A1200 (code-named “Channel Z”), is Commodore International’s third-generation Amiga computer

Vectrex

The Vectrex is a vector display-based home video game console that was developed by Western Technologies/Smith Engineering.

Atari 2600

The Atari 2600, originally sold as the Atari Video Computer System or Atari VCS until November 1982, is a home video game

Micro Men

Affectionately comic drama about the British home computer boom of the early 1980s. Legendary inventor Clive Sinclair battles

SAM Coupé

The SAM Coupé is an 8-bit British home computer that was first released in late 1989. The machine is based around a Z80B CPU

Sinclair C5

The Sinclair C5 is a small one-person battery electric velomobile, technically an “electrically assisted pedal cycle”.