28 Facts About Amiga


Amiga is a family of personal computers introduced by Commodore in 1985.

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Amiga 1000 was released in July 1985, but production problems kept it from becoming widely available until early 1986.

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The best-selling model, the Amiga 500, was introduced in 1987 along with the more expandable Amiga 2000.

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The Video Toaster hardware and software suite helped Amiga find a prominent role in desktop video and video production.

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Commodore ultimately went bankrupt in April 1994 after a version of the Amiga packaged as a game console, the Amiga CD32, failed in the marketplace.

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Since the demise of Commodore, various groups have marketed successors to the original Amiga line, including Genesi, Eyetech, ACube Systems Srl and A-EON Technology.

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Amiga hardware was designed by Miner, RJ Mical, and Dale Luke.

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Amiga immediately implemented an ambitious plan that covered almost all of the company's operations.

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Amiga line sold an estimated 4, 850, 000 machines over its lifetime.

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In 2019, Amiga, Inc sold its intellectual property to Amiga Corporation.

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At its core, the Amiga has a custom chipset consisting of several coprocessors, which handle audio, video and direct memory access independently of the Central Processing Unit.

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General Amiga architecture uses two distinct bus subsystems: the chipset bus and the CPU bus.

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Later Amiga models featured higher-speed, full 32-bit CPUs with a larger address space and instruction pipeline facilities.

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Custom chipset at the core of the Amiga design appeared in three distinct generations, with a large degree of backward-compatibility.

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The brightness of the Amiga's power LED is used to indicate the status of the Amiga's low-pass filter.

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Keyboard on Amiga computers is similar to that found on a mid-80s IBM PC: Ten function keys, a numeric keypad, and four separate directional arrow keys.

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The Amiga keyboard adds a Help key, which a function key usually acts as on PCs.

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Amiga was one of the first computers for which inexpensive sound sampling and video digitization accessories were available.

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Commodore's last Amiga offering before filing for bankruptcy was the Amiga CD32, a 32-bit CD-ROM games console.

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Several Amiga models contained references to songs by the rock band The B-52's.

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The developers recreated the entire Amiga chipset, freeing it from legacy Amiga limitations such as two megabytes of audio and video graphics RAM as in the AGA chipset, and rebuilt this new chipset by programming a modern FPGA Altera Cyclone IV chip.

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In 2006, two new Amiga clones were announced, both using FPGA based hardware synthesis to replace the Amiga OCS custom chipset.

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Amiga Sidecar is a complete IBM PC XT compatible computer contained in an expansion card.

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Until the late 1990s the Amiga remained a popular platform for non-commercial software, often developed by enthusiasts, and much of which was freely redistributable.

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Name Amiga was chosen by the developers from the Spanish word for a female friend, because they knew Spanish, and because it occurred before Apple and Atari alphabetically.

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Early Commodore advertisements attempted to cast the computer as an all-purpose business machine, though the Amiga was most commercially successful as a home computer.

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Amiga Format continued until 2000, some six years after Commodore filed for bankruptcy.

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Amiga Active was launched in 1999 and was published until 2001.

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