Atari-130XE

In July 1984, Atari’s home consumer division was sold to Jack Tramiel who slashed the prices of the Atari 600XL to $49 and the Atari 800XL to $99. In 1985, Atari Corporation announced their successors: the Atari 65XE and the Atari 130XE.

The Atari 65XE was similar in function to the Atari 800XL with the execption of using the ECI (Enhanced Cartridge Interface) instead of the XL family’s PBI (Parallel Bus Interface).

Pictured is the Atari 130XE. It was similar to the Atari 65XE, except it had 128 kilobytes of RAM - twice the amount of RAM of the 65XE - and a new memory management chip called FREDDIE.

Atari Corporation would also release to European consumers a third model called the Atari 800XE. (It was named as such due to the popularity of the Atari 800XL in Europe.) It was simply a repackaged 65XE which also incorporated a FREDDIE chip.

The Atari 65XE and the Atari 130XE would be sold until 1992 when Atari Corporation discontinued the Atari 8-bit computer line.