Your #1 source for Atari Lynx news and information!
Atari GamerAtari GamerAtari Gamer
  1. Home >
  2. Pages >
  3. Atari Lynx

This page details the specifications for Atari Lynx for both the Model I and Model II. If you're after details of various console box releases, you can find them here.

The Atari Lynx was the world’s first full-color portable video game system released in 1989 (US) and 1990 (UK). You can read its history over at the brief history page.

Thanks to ausretrogamer for the photo above.

Technical Specifications
Developer Epyx
Atari Corporation
Type Handheld game console
Fourth generation
Two models available
Price $179.99 at launch (Lynx I, 1989)
$120 at relaunch (Lynx II Deluxe Set, 1991)
$99 at relaunch (Lynx II Base Set, 1991)
Retail Availability 1989 - 1995
Around 3 million were sold
Display 3.5-inch LCD back-lit display (with backlight on/off on Lynx II)
160 × 102 resolution
4096 colours

Note: The original screen can be easily replaced with a modern LCD mod kit, which makes an enormous difference to the quality of picture produced.
Audio Speaker: 8Ω 0.2W (Lynx I), 16Ω 0.2W (Lynx 2)
4 Channel Sound
32-bit DAC (8-bit × 4 channels)
100Hz to above 20kHz
Lynx I - Mono
Lynx II - Stereo
Processors Dual custom CMOS chips

“Mikey” 16-bit running @ 16 Mhz
  • 8-bit 65SC02 processor (based on the MOS 6502) running at up to 4 MHz (~3.6 MHz average)
  • Sound engine - 4 channel, 8-bit DAC (per channel), stereo with panning (Lynx II only)
  • Video DMA driver for liquid-crystal display, 160 × 102 resolution, 4096 colours (12-bit palette), 16 simultaneous colors (4 bits) from palette per scanline
“Suzy” 16-bit running @ 16 Mhz
  • Unlimited number of blitter "sprites" with collision detection (practically just 128)
  • Hardware sprite scaling, distortion, and tilting effects
  • Hardware decoding of compressed sprite data
  • Hardware clipping and multi-directional scrolling
  • Variable frame rate (up to 75 frames/second)
  • Math co-processor
Memory and Storage 512b of bootstrap and cartridge-loading ROM
64 KB 120ns DRAM
Cartridges of 128, 256 and 512 KB (up to 2MB with bank switching)

Note: There are SD card based cartridges for the Lynx that let you play many ROMs including official and homebrew ROMs.
Network Comlynx serial UART with up to 18 player connectivity
Ports 3.5mm Stereo Headphone (mono in Lynx I)
Comlynx network port
9V Power
Power 9V DC power supply
6x AA batteries inside the unit with 4-5 hours (Lynx I) and 5-6 hours (Lynx II) play time
Dimensions Display - 82.55 × 47.75 mm (3.25 × 1.88 inches)
Lynx I - 273 × 108 × 38 mm (10.75 × 4.25 × 1.5 inches)
Lynx II - 235 × 108 × 51 mm (9.25 × 4.25 × 2 inches)
(console only)
Lynx I - 519g
Lynx II - 441g
Did we get something wrong or you have something to contribute? Please tell us about it!
You can find Atari Gamer on...
Be sure to follow for the latest Atari Lynx news, updates, stories and photos!
[ Don't show again ][ Dismiss ]
We have an online shop that has lots of Atari Lynx related goodies - including LCD mod kits, flash carts, display stands and other fun things for your Lynx! Check it out here.

If your download doesn't start automatically after 10 seconds, please click here.
Cookie Consent
By continuing to browse or by clicking ‘Accept’, you agree to storing of cookies on your device to enhance your site experience and for analytical purposes. To learn more about how we use cookies, please see our privacy policy.
Accept and Close