There were quite a few models in that noble lineage, starting with the 130xe and going up to the Falcon. There's still some companies in England and Germany that are making 68060 and PPC versions of a TOS based computer since Atari bit the dust. But aside from Dave Small's tinkerings and the legendary Atari Transputer Workstation, the fastest Atari produced computer you could get was a 25 mhz 68030 Falcon with a 56001 DSP chip...

1040 ST

Before making snide comments, remember this was 1985 and the rest of the world was mono green monitors, 5.25" floppy, and 512k-640k, 8 bit bus, DOS 2.x, and 300 baud.

The original ST computers featured the following:

* Integrated GUI operating system. * Motorola MC68000 16/32-bit processor running at a blazing 8MHz. * RAM memory storage of 256k, 512k, or 1Mb (depending on model). * Integrated video controller capable of generating (320x200x16), (640x200x4), and (640x400x2) video modes from as many as 512 colors. * Yamaha 3-voice FM sound generator. * Sophisticated DMA peripheral access. * External 128k cartridge port. * Built-in MIDI, two joystick ports, 720k floppy drive, ACSI, serial, and parallel ports.

All for less than a thousand dollars!!!!!

Mega ST

What I am driving now is actually the next model up, a MEGA ST4. (I also have a MEGA ST2 that is hooked up to my sampler, an ADAP SoundRack) These models came out a little while after the original ST and had the same specs except:

* Seperate keyboard and CPU. * BLiTTER chip (for faster graphics). * Peripheral co-processor slot (for MC68881 math co-processor, etc.). * Internal expansion bus. * Either two or four megabytes of RAM.

I run some of my Atari software now on my Mac with MagicMac, but I still use the STs for music, and they haven't missed a beat. Really rock steady when it comes to timing, which is good.

For a COMPLEAT (almost too complete!) description of the Atari line, go see this page.