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From: aj848@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Subject: Usenet repost: Atari surprises at CeBIT
Posted-By: xx004 (aa384 - Doug Wokoun)
Reply-To: aj848@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Date: Sat Mar 16 14:55:06 1991

Article 49802 of
Subject: Two New Computer Announcements - CeBIT
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Date: 14 Mar 91 03:33:02 GMT
Reply-To: (James Van Leeuwen)
Organization: The University of Dayton Computer Science Department, Dayton, Ohio
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CeBIT Computer Announcement 
Repost from GEnie by Tom Harker of ICD. 
CeBIT '91 Newsbreak

March 13, 1991

Things are really heating up here today in Hannover, Germany at the
1991 version of CeBIT which is the largest computer show in the
world.  Atari surprised everyone with their announcement and
demonstration of two exciting new 68000 based computers.  The
following was described to me by Atari engineers as the were demoing
the equipment.  I have written this because I felt it newsworthy and
an important boost to the moral of Atari users everywhere.  I make
no guaranty for the accuracy of this information but I have tried to
get as much detail as possible.  The computer names used are only
"internal" Atari names and may be changed before release of the

ST Notebook

This is said to be the smallest 68000 based computer in the world.  Its
size rivals any PC Notebook style computer that I have seen.  It is
about 1/2 the size of my laptop computer and maybe 3/4 of an inch
thick.  Features include:

o    A built in mouse device that consists of three buttons.  The
     large center button is direction and possibly velocity sensitive
     to simulate mouse movement in direction and speed.

o    A laptop size keyboard, possibly a little smaller than
     standard.  The tactile feel was good.

o    512K ROM capability.  It looked like TOS 2.05 was shown in the
     prototype.   This prototype did have a very professional and
     finished look to it.

o    1 megabyte or 4 megabyte RAM versions available.  Uses
     pseudo-static RAM.

o    2 1/2 inch form factor internal hard drive.  20 megabytes was
     installed.  Presently up to 60 megabytes is possible.  Probably
     an IDE (AT) interface.

o    External ports include midi in and out, 1 serial, 1 parallel, 1
     combo either floppy drive OR ACSI, 2 RAM card slots (128K
     cards shown, said to support up to 4 megabytes), 128 pin
     computer direct port (all address, data lines, CPU control,
     etc.), modem connector (for optional internal voice/fax
     modem), keypad/mouse port.  Of course to maintain the small
     size, nearly all connectors were shrunk and non-standard

o    An excellent gray-tone LCD display.  It did not appear to be
     backlit which would make sense for the battery life.  This was
     said to be greater than 10 hours before recharging.  With less
     hard drive use, it would be longer.  

o    The replaceable battery pack shown was very small and
     contained about eight AA alkaline batteries.  If Ni-Cads were
     installed, the universal power supply would also recharge them
     when connected.  When the battery pack goes down, the
     notebook is automatically put in a halted state that is
     maintained for weeks until recharged.  Internal Ni-Cad
     batteries will maintain the halted state of the computer for
     about 5 hours if the battery pack is removed from the

o    Atari has a few choices to transfer data to and from the
     computer.  Connect an external floppy drive.  Transfer over
     the serial ports with a modem or direct.  Transfer over the
     parallel ports at around 20 Kbytes/sec.  Connect an ACSI
     device such as a hard drive externally or possibly ACSI to
     ACSI communications.


This is similar to ST Notebook and shares most of the features but
has a futuristic interface.  A touch sensitive LCD display with a
pointing device was shown for mouse type functions and handwriting
recognition for input.  Physically, ST Pad looked like the "Etch-a-
Sketch" drawing toys that we grew up with minus the X/Y knobs. 
No keyboard was attached and there is not an internal hard drive. 
The OS software and large amount of scratchpad RAM were said to
have Artificial Intelligence features to allow ST Pad to actually learn
your handwriting style!  (Good luck with mine.)

ST Pad looked like it needed more time for completion but ST
Notebook looked like something we may actually see sometime this
summer or fall.  With this exciting new innovative line of computers
and Alwin Stumpf (from Atari GmbH) heading up a new world-wide
marketing campaign, it appears that this time Atari really may be
backing the promise with the product.

Copyright 1991  Tom Harker of ICD, Inc.  Permission for this release
to be distributed or reprinted is granted but only in its entirety. 
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