Silicon Roadster

Silicon Roadster

This exquisite Lotus Seven logo resides on an Atari Simplified Architecture Processor (ASAP) integrated circuit that was provided to us by Michael Albaugh of Atari Games. Michael points out that this car is the type driven by the protagonist in the British television series The Prisoner. The Lotus logo, designed by Mark Pierce, is an indirect reference to the Porsche 911 used by the Berkeley RISC program. The intended message was that the Atari chip was not in the same performance or price class, but could still be an exciting ride.

Rob Price, of the United Kingdom, informs us that engineers at Atari may now be pleasantly surprised to know that Lotus Sevens, in their modern guise, are among the quickest accelerating production cars made. We think it's time for a race.


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