Amiga 30

The Amiga computer turned 30 on July 23rd, 2015. Go here for more information on what is considered the first multitasking computer released in the PC market. Dave Needle – one of the design team that created the Amiga 1000 – had a birthday message for Amigan’s everywhere.

 

Needle also went on to design the Atari Lynx and 3DO gaming consoles with RJ Mical.

 

 

    It’s Not Dead. It’s Not Sleeping. It’s The Amiga.

     

    The demise of Amiga should have come about when Commodore went bankrupt in 1994. It was, however, a survivor from the beginning. Even before it was a Commodore product.

    The Amiga 1000 was released in 1985. It first ran on AmigaOS 1.0

    The Amiga 1000 was released in 1985. It first ran on AmigaOS 1.0

    Jay Miner, who had developed the Atari 800 chip set, created the Amiga Corporation to allegedly produce a games machine. Actual ambitions went beyond this application, however. This was especially the case when the US computer games market crashed in 1983. The world’s first multitasking computer was developed and – instead of getting bought and sunk by rivals like Apple – the Amiga Corporation was acquired by Commodore in 1984. Ten years later, Commodore was no more and the future of Amiga systems looked uncertain.

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      Personal Computing in the 1980s

      The personal computing market of the 1980s is a cautionary tale about boom and bust in technology driven markets. It is a period in computing history that almost seems like a foreign country now. Acorn, Commodore and Sinclair are just some of the companies that no longer exist. Commodore is probably the most memorial loss. That said, the Amiga brand still lives on through a loyal user community. Even CommodoreUSA was revived before the new owner died.

      It easy to see the parallels between the UK and US markets in hindsight. For example, the battle for market domination between Atari and Commodore mirrors that of Acorn and Sinclair.