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.

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In this shot, I've separated the power board (right) from the motherboard (left); the latter is still encased in its massive metal shielding. The engineer who designed the shielding cleverly cast it into a functional structural shape that defines the cartridge and the memory slots.

The power board receives power through the previously seen power-in jack. It then conditions, regulates, and adjusts the electricity to the voltages required for various parts of the system.

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