[rescue] A bit of Fun
kurt at csh.rit.edu
Thu Jun 19 22:47:53 CDT 2003
On Thu, 19 Jun 2003, Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. wrote:
> >The 8-bit Atari line beat them to this. For all practical purposes,
> >Atari had USB in 1979.
> I loved the Atari 8-bit line... still have all mine. It did indeed
> have a serial peripheral bus that you would daisy chain.
The really amusing part is it was kindof an accident. Originally
they were going to use a parallel direct-cpu interface, with the
serial just for running a tape drive. However, they were SUPER
paranoid about passing FCC inspection (the original Atari 800 had
a LOT of very THICK shielding) so they decided to just use
the serial port for everything.
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