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Commodore Amiga 1000

Commodore Amiga 1000

Speed7.16 MHz
Memory256 KB

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Release Date: 7/24/1985
Manufacturer: Commodore
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The Amiga series is well known for the emotional attachment that most of its owners tend to develop. It started with the 1000, created by the late Jay Miner (who originally designed the Atari 2600 and Atari's 8-bit line of computers). Miner and his team told investors they were building a "game machine" because that was the only way they could get venture capital at the time. Atari stepped up with a timely loan just as Amiga Corp. was in trouble near the end of the product, thinking they could acquire the technology for a song. Commodore stepped up to the plate at the last hour however and covered the loan and the rest is history. The Amiga is best known for its multimedia capabilities.


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Amiga 1010 Disk Drive

Amiga 1010 Disk Drive
Release Date: 1/1/1985
The Amiga 1010 disk drive was available at the launch of the Amiga 1000. It has a passthru connector so you could add up to four floppy drives to the system.

Model : Amiga 1010
Type : 3.5" Floppy Disk
Media : Double Density
Capacity : 880K per disk
Interface: Amiga "Floppy" bus

The unit contained a Matsushita drive mechanism.


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Amiga 1020 Disk Drive

Amiga 1020 Disk Drive
Release Date: 1/1/1986
The Amiga 1020 disk drive was a 5.25" drive that was initially intended to be used with the "Transformer" PC emulation software for the Amiga. It uses an ALPS mechanism and a modified Commodore 1571 drive case.

Model : Amiga 1020
Type : 5.25" Floppy Disk Drive
Media : Double Density
Capacity : 360K per disk
Interface: Amiga "Floppy" bus
Dos : N/A (Computer controlled)


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Amiga Sidecar

Amiga Sidecar
Release Date: 1/1/1986
Allowing the Amiga to run IBM PC programs at full speed, the Sidecar was an 8086 computer inside this enclosure with a 5.25 disk drive. This model shown here is the only known remaining prototype unit in the world.


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User Comments
Anonymous on Friday, August 14, 2015
Amiga 1000 was revolutionary computer at time of launch. Custom DMA chipset Agnus, Gray, Paula and Denise which worked independently from CPU mostly freeing it up for other tasks. Fully featured BLITTER (or BLIT aka BLock Image Transfer) immensely accelerated the graphics, reducing CPU load. Audio 4-channel stereo was most sophisticated of any microcomputer and didn't overly burden CPU. It offered color GUI when Apple Macintosh from year before was still in Monochrome, two years later Apple Macintosh II gave us color at a hefty price tag (around USD$10,000 including Video Card, Color monitor, 20Mb Hard Disk, Keyboard, Mouse and additional RAM). Most IBM PC compatibles (except IBM PCjr) were stuck in Monochrome as well. True multitasking was possible in age of task-swapping on memory huge Mac or single tasks command-line text-based driven PCs. 4,096 colors was vast improvement over 16 colors from previous generations. Amiga was a breath of fresh air! While Macintosh ushered in Desktop Publishing era, Amiga gave us Video Publishing era. Genlock a device used for overlaying captions, titles and special effects on top of a video signal or green screen for weather graphics in background, transformed many television stations and movies around the world. Whole software industries developed for Amiga first before porting to other formats Commodore 64, Atari ST, IBM PC, etc as it became industry benchmark. Many musicians learned their craft on the Amiga and changed music industry as well. Graphic artists flocked to Amiga for it's graphics capabilities, the most famous Andy Warhol. The only sour note was legal waggle over the rights of Amiga between Atari and Commodore who brought Amiga outright from Atari for whom Amiga chipset was originally designed for. It after two years before it was settled out of court and future Amiga models 500 and 2000 could be released. In the meantime Amiga 1000 was only Amiga on the market just a month after Atari ST520 was released and any longer might have been barred from sale by pending court case. Happy 30th Anniversary Amiga! Best 16-bit computer ever!!!
James on Sunday, November 9, 2014
I guess I have the only other prototype, also a corrupt awrite file. there must be others out there
Jim Oblak on Thursday, January 24, 2013
The inside of this machine is beautiful. I believe it was this model that included the signatures of the designers/developers inside the plastic top of the CPU. The signatures were part of the plastic injection mold. They'd only be seen if someone disassembled the computer.
Jeremy on Monday, April 25, 2011
Uhho. This video won't be available much longer. Google Video is going bye-bye soon.
James on Friday, January 29, 2010
I have side car, worked well, but on reloading, ifound the MS DOS 31. startup disk was dammaged some how the amiga awrite file was corupeded, so could not get the amiga side to write to the hard drive. never have been able to find a copy of the correct cmos disk. it is a 3.1 msdos disk that includes the files awrite and aread.
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