Amiga History Tape (+bonus Computer Chronicals Amiga episode)
Curt @ Atari Museum
curt at atarimuseum.com
Fri Mar 4 17:59:30 CST 2005
...and that's exactly what had happened, on August 13, 1984 Atari filed
breach of contract against Amiga, the suit was settled in a closed
agreement in 1987.
Also Warner had to adjust the sale price to the Tramiels for Atari since
they Amiga chips were part of the sale to Tramiel Technologies, Limited.
>On Fri, 4 Mar 2005, Curt @ Atari Museum wrote:
>>The only problem I have with RJ Michaels talk is he completely rewrites
>>history on Amiga's dealing with Atari, omits the fact that Amiga was
>>desperate for cash in late 1983 and through one of the unspoken chip
>>designers - Joe Decuir, who also was on Jays team at Atari who did the
>>final production version of the Atari 2600 and the Atari 800 Amiga met
>>with Atari and signed into an agreement with Atari for $500,000 to help
>>Amiga complete its chipset and on June 30th 84 they were supposed to
>>deliver working silicon to Atari's offices under a contract that Atari
>>would produce its own line of Lorraine chipset products. Instead of
>>delivering the chips, the gave a check to Atari for $500,000 (from
>>Commodore) and went into breach of contract. If it wasn't for Atari
>>coming in late 83' with cash the chipset might not have seen the light
>Hi Curt - I don't know, but in this tape they talk about the cash
>crunch, mention people getting 2nd mortgages to stay solvent - but
>they didn't say anything about breech of contract with Atari. Jack
>Tramiel bought Atari from Warner in 1984 - certainly he would have
>taken legal action to get the chips if he thought he had a case.
>You know, Mr. "Business is War". RJ talks a lot about Atari knowing
>they were in a bind and offering less than $1 / share, and working
>out a last minute deal w/ Commodore for $4.25, then paying off Atari.
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