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Joe Decuir's Keynote on the 40th Anniversary of the Atari 400/800 Computers

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On the 40th anniversary of the release of the Atari 400 and 800 computers, Joe Decuir, co-designer of those computers, keynoted Vintage Computer Festival East to discuss the creation of those machines and what was learned.

Joe Decuir is a vital part of Atari history. He was part of the Grass Valley development team responsible for the development of the Atari 2600 Video Computer System, and later the Atari 400/800 Computers. Joe Decuir worked as an engineer at Atari from 1975-1979, where he helped develop the Atari VCS and Atari 800. He then worked at Amiga from 1982-1984 on the Commodore Amiga 1000 computer.


This presentation last 1 hr 18 mins, and Joe Decuir talks about:

  • How he got to Atari
  • What they learned from the 2600 that informed the 400/800
  • What they wanted to accomplish, which was different from what they actually accomplished
  • What they designed: Hardware & Software
  • What happened in the market and industry
  • What they learned from that, which animated the Amiga computer
  • Where they are now
  • Partial Design Credits
  • Resources




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1 hour ago, RickR said:

He's a great guy.  I met him at PRGE a few years ago, and he signed a Combat cart for me and I got to speak with him for a while. 

Absolutely is a great guy. That's wonderful that you got to meet with him! Had they kept Grass Valley busy and focused on the right things, and had Atari not lost the Amiga technology that would've gone a long way to helping Atari get back on track imo.

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