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Atari definition

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A maker of arcade games, home video game systems, and home computers, especially during the 1970s and 1980s. Atari are best known for their range of 16- and 32-bit microcomputers, notable for having a built-in MIDI interface. As of February 1994 the range included the Atari 520ST, 1040ST, Mega ST, STe, STacy, Mega STe, TT, and Falcon. There are also emulators that run on the Apple Macintosh and IBM PC/XT/AT.
Atari ceased to be a separate company in 1996 when merged with JTS. In 1998, JTS sold the Atari assets to Hasbro. In 2001, Infogrames North America operations officially changed their name to Atari.
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