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Atari Jaguar

By skipping plans of a 32 bit Panther in 1991, Atari released the 64 bit Jaguar. It was dubbed the Jaguar 64 and spent three years in development, mostly by Martin Brennan and John Mathieson. Both of whom later contacted Atari to produce it. The system was manufactured in the United States by IBM and the chipsets were by Toshiba and Motorola. The Jaguar was the first 64 bit system, although it could be argued otherwise. The Jaguar was actually two 32 bit processors next to each other: Tom for blitter and Jerry for objects. It's 32 bit when it needs to be and 64 bit when it needs to be, but it doesn't have to be 64 bit all the time. The system was 24 bit true color with a palette of 16,777,216 colors. The cartridge slot doubled as an expansion bay and the Comlynx I/O port could allow connection to the Atari Lynx. Up to 32 Jaguars could be networked together. Sometime in 1995 the Atari Jaguar was dumped as Atari Corporation was handed over to JTS Corporation.

The Jaguar sold for $249.99 USD and came with two controllers, power cord, RF switch, and the Cybermorph came cartridge. Stores progressively dropped the price down to $149.99 and $99.99 when the system started shipping with no games. The Jaguar is no extinct, as it has received high attention in England, even today as people continue to create their own peripherals for the system.

Back of the Atari Jaguar:

1. Power Output
2. Expansion Bay
3. Channel 3/4 Switch
4. RF Output

Controller tip for the Atari Jaguar

Controller of the Jaguar. Atari cannot seem to part with the 12 button numeric pads. They allow for overlays, although very few were made. 9429


Sample Atari Jaguar game cartridge: paper box, instructions, and game in paper holder.


What could work in the Jaguar; RF switch. (Yea, I know it's the Nintendo Entertainment System one)


Power tip of the Jaguar. PP-912

Input 120V 60Hz 20W
Output 9V 1.2A

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