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Commodore Business Machines was founded in 1954 in Toronto, Canada by Jack Tramiel. They first fixed typewriters, then moved on to manufacturing adding machines and then calculators. In 1977, after acquiring their own chip manufacturing company (MOS Technology) Commodore would introduce the PET - the Personal Electronic Transactor designed by Chuck Peddle.
Over the years, Commodore would go on to produce some of the most loved computers in all of history including the most popular single personal computer ever - the Commodore 64. The Amiga, their last computer line, was and still is considered one of the most innovative computer designs ever and far ahead of its time.
Commodore filed for bankruptcy on April 29, 1994. The headquarters in PA are currently home to television shopping giant QVC.