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he was huge part of the Atari ST PC's.. (atari ST=AMIGA 500) for us AMIGA fanatics.. the ST was its dopleganger. There is RICH and NASTY story betweent he AMIGA and Atari ST.. the amiga was designed by the same guys (some) who did the atari 2600. and was originaly going to be an ATARI computer. keep in mind my retelling is very loose and free with how it went.. there is much more to it.. and its far deeper then i make it sound.. (and my retelling may not be 100% correct, after all its 25+ years ago.)
basilcy the AMIGA might have been and ATARI computer, Tramiel bougth atari, seen the amiga contracts.. and saw Atari had some hold on the chip designs (2600 guys) so levraged that with some sueing and lawering up to slow the original release of the AMIGA.. he also trieed to buy AMiga outright .. which fialed. Amiga was actually farily well funded (remeber this is the golden age of Home PC's really, money to be made) so with the sueing and countersuing... Atari acually beat AMIGA to market with am achine that was (depending on how you look at it) a perfect match for it.. one had this, one had that.. but very evenly matchs home PC.
ther are so many cool things in those days.. the Nintendo being an Atari product (but was rejected) the Amiga (before Tramiel) being an Atari product.. but rejected.. if he had been in there.. it would have been an ATARI PC.. and NO Atari ST would most likley exsist. heck the Atari ST is so much Tramiel the OS is called TOS (Tramiel Operating System), other cool fact MS wanted windows on it.. and offered to do it for free (basicly) but with a dilevery date of aprox 2 years to late (or it might have happned).. In fact his single mindness with the ATARI ST saved atari basicly.. when it shipped they where done... but sales where good and cash came in.. of course he burned alot of bridges to do it..
A case where PURE willpower of the right guy saved a company.. but crushed alot fo people doing it ( he basicly shitcanned everything AtARI was doing when he bought it.. cleaned house, threw the baby out with the bathwater... and just ceoncived a new baby.. luckly a succesfull one).
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