it was clear that the 1040 STE was not conquering
the market and IBM PCs started to gain more and
more ground, Atari was in need of a new business
model for offices. The TT was too expensive to be
a widespread machine, so Atari made a mixture between
the two models: the Mega STE .
had a higher clocked processor than the 1040STE
running at 16 Mhz. Also a cache and the option to
integrate a mathematical coprocessor 68881 or 68882.
Still no new graphic modes were added, nor any graphic
features to get used in games (such as hardware
sprites, rasters etc.) so it had no influence on
the aimed user group seemed to like it, at least
in Germany were it was used by many musicians and
The main hardware datas:
Math-Coprocessor 68881 or 68882 at 16 Mhz
MB harddisc (shipped in Germany)
- 4096 colour palette
- DMA 8 bit Stereo-Sound with
up to 50 khz digisound replay
- graphic coprocessor chip Blitter.
to upgrade SIMM based memory (up to 4 MB)
1/2" disc drive
320x200 at 16 colours, 640x200 at 4 colours
and 640x400 at 2 colours
models a user could buy were the Mega STE2 (2MB)
and Mega STE4 (4MB).
operating system is TOS, the version in the
MegaSTE was TOS 2.06.
in Germany from 1991 (klick on image to
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Last update 12.07.06