Should you had been an Amiga fanatic again within the day, the possibilities are you had an Amiga 500, and lusted after a 2000 or possibly later a 3000. Later nonetheless maybe you had a 600 or a 1200, and your object of want grew to become the 4000. The amusingly inept Commodore advertising division repackaged what was basically the identical 68000-based Amiga on the backside finish of the vary by means of the platform’s whole lifetime below their possession, with a number of minor upgrades within the type of chipset revisions that added a comparatively small variety of options.
We’ve most likely listed above all the varied Amigas you’ll be acquainted with, with a number of exceptions you both didn’t have or solely noticed in magazines. The unique A1000, the chipset-upgraded A500+, the CDTV multimedia platform, or the CD32 video games console as examples. However there’s one we haven’t listed which you’ll by no means have seen except you hail from the UK, and it’s an Amiga behind which lies a fascinating tale that has been unearthed by [RetroManCave].
Within the late 1980s, Commodore offered the A500 all-in-one cased Amiga to shoppers with advertising based mostly closely upon gaming, and the A2000 desktop Amiga to companies with the promise of productiveness software program. Each machines had a 16-bit Motorola 68000 operating on the similar velocity, with the A2000 having numerous further reminiscence and a tough drive lurking inside that case. The value distinction between the 2 was inordinately excessive, creating a distinct segment for an enterprising British firm referred to as Checkmate Computer systems to fill with their provocatively named A1500, a intelligent case for an A500 mainboard that gave it an enlargement slot and area for that arduous drive and reminiscence.
This machine’s existence angered Commodore, to the extent that they vowed to eradicate the upstart by releasing their very own UK-only A1500. The consequence, a comically badly hid rebadge of an A2000 with two floppies and no arduous drive, is one thing we bear in mind seeing on the time, and dare we admit it, even lusting after. However the full story within the video beneath is nicely price a look ahead to an engrossing perception right into a little-known saga in a single nook of the computing world through the 16-bt period. In direction of the tip it turns into a plug for the Checkmate Computer systems co-founder’s present Kickstarter venture, but when that holds no curiosity for you then you’re no less than forewarned.
In fact, if in case you have both A1500 in the present day, you might want an up-to-date graphics card for it.
By way of Hacker News.