Inside the Atari 800

It's the 30th anniversary of this 8-bit PC classic. We celebrate the occasion as we always do, by tearing the product apart and showing you the pieces.

By Benj Edwards, PC World |  Tech & society, anniversary, Atari

Side Expansion

The Atari 800's expansion options were limited. Atari avoided an Apple II-style internal card bus, instead relying on an external serial port for peripheral expansion; access to this port was through a 13-pin connector on the side of the unit.

A limited number of peripherals (including disk drives, printers, and modems) could be daisychained together through this port. Though this serial-based expansion method was reasonably user-friendly, it suffered from slow speeds and large tangles of cords.

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