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Amiga
Amiga 500
Type: Home Computer
Producer: Commodore
Price: ? DM, ca. ?€ (? US$)
Released: 1985
Discontinued: 1994 (at Commodore)
Processor: Motorola 68000 @ ca. 7 MHz (16-bit)
Memory: min. 521 KByte, upgradeable
OS: AmigaOS, also called Kickstart
Info: These article is about the history timeline until 1995;
differents designs with differents CPU and RAM inside, later with PC technology

The Amiga was a series of Commodore computers. They were based on the new (1985) 16/32-bit processors with added custom graphics and audio hardware. Amigas featured advanced video sprites and blitter technology that produced impressive graphics for games. Commodore also produced a line of professional (business) Amigas.

Jay Miner (1932–1994) originally developed the Amiga. He worked at Commodore from the 1970s till 1989.

The first computer in the series was the Amiga 1000 (1985), soon followed by the more successful Amiga 500 (1987), which sold six million units. Later, Commodore introduced the Amiga A3000, 500+, 600, A1200, and A4000 models.

In March 1989 Commodore reached their one millionth Amiga sold. In total, 7.2 million Amigas shipped worldwide, with 1.68 million sold in Germany (until December 1993). In contrast, the C64 sold over 17 million units.

In 1995 Commodore sold the Amiga trademark to Escom (1995/96), Gateway 2000 (1997-2000), Amino (2000-2004), KMOS (since 2004), Amiga Inc., then since February 1, 2019, C-A Acquisition Corporation (also related to Cloanto, the company behind the Amiga Forever emulation package).


The Commodore AMIGAs[edit]

Workbench 1.3
  • Home Computer:
    • AMIGA 500 (1987)
    • AMIGA 500 plus (incl. 1 MB RAM and OS Kickstart 2.04.; 1991)
    • AMIGA 600 (1992)
    • AMIGA 1200 (1992)
  • Professional:
    • AMIGA 1000 (1985/86)
    • AMIGA 2000 (1987)
    • AMIGA 2500 (1988)
    • AMIGA 3000; also available in tower and workstation versions (1990)
    • AMIGA 4000; also available in a tower version (1992)
  • Others:
    • SideCar (AMIGA 1060) expansion port upgrade to make AMIGAs PC-compatible (1986)
    • CDTV (predecessor to CD32; 1990)
    • CD32 - Gaming console based on AMIGA 1200 (1993)

Selling (Stand: End of year 1993)[edit]

Amiga Models Germany Europe (rest) USA World (rest)
Amiga 500 1.081.000 - 750.000 -
Amiga 500+ 79.500 - - -
Amiga 600 193.000 - 200.000 -
Amiga 1000 27.500  ?  ? 1.000.000
Sidecar max. ca. 5.000 - - -
Amiga 1200 95.500 - 144.000 -
Amiga 2000 124.500 - - -
Amiga 3000 8.300 - - -
Amiga 3000T 6.000? - - -
Amiga 3000T/040 80? - - -
Amiga 4000/030 7.500 - - -
Amiga 4000 3.800 - - -
CDTV 25.800 max. 30.000 - -
Amiga CD32 25.000  ?  ? 200.000
Amigas unsorted - 2.645.000 146.000 400.000
Sum: 1.680.480 2.675.000 1.240.000 1.600.000
Sum worldwide: 7.195.480

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Sticker for Amiga 500: Kiss me, AMIGA

Links[edit]

WP-W11.png Wikipedia: Amiga