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All the information presented here, was taken from the following sources:
Brain Bagnal's Book
On the Edge: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore.

Available at Amazon.ca
The new edition had been delayed at Amazon until Feb.2010

Also, a lot of information has come from Video interviews with Bil Herd and Dave Haynie. Dave has a lot of videos on You-Tube. Search them out.. I wish I could post them here, but I don't have permission.

Lastly, more sites on the net have information. There are even a few dedicated sites to the C16. Do a Goggle search, because Bing is just a flash in the pan.:)

 

 

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This is the Commodore Amiga / A1000 Page. Originaly, Commodore Just named the computer "The Commodore Amiga", But soon it was clear that "upgrades" or newer models were needed so Commodore Renamed it the Amiga 1000, or A1000 for short.

Because of Massive amounts of "Hotlinking" retards, I am only posting My Photos, of my Collection here. Until I can figure out a way to curb or educate people on Hotlinking, My photos will suck.

The first Amiga Commodore released was the A1000. Jay Miner had always came to work with his dog Mitchy (it was actually part of his contract with Atari, Amiga And Commodore). Some people suggest that Mitchy designed the Amiga, because Jay always ran his Ideas past him first.


The interesting note on the A1000 is that All the designers (including Mitchy) have there signatures engraved in the inside of the upper shell of the 1000.

Amiga 1000
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Commodore Amiga 1000

Type Personal computer
Release date 24 July 1985
Discontinued 1987
Operating system Amiga OS 1.0
CPU Motorola 68000 @ 7.16 MHz 7.09 MHz (PAL)
Memory 256–512 KB (8 MB Maximum)

The A1000, or Commodore Amiga 1000, was Commodore's initial Amiga personal computer, introduced on July 24, 1985 at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Machines began shipping in September with a base configuration of 256KB of RAM at the retail price of US$1,295. A 13-inch analog RGB monitor was available for around US$300 bringing the price of a complete Amiga system to $1,595. Before the release of the Amiga 500 and A2000 models in 1987, the A1000 was simply called Amiga or The Amiga from Commodore.
The A1000 had a number of characteristics that distinguished it from later Amigas: It was the only model to feature the short-lived Amiga "checkmark" logo on its case; the case was elevated slightly to give a storage area for the keyboard when not in use (a "keyboard garage"); and the inside of the case was engraved with the signatures of the Amiga designers, including Jay Miner and the paw print of his dog Mitchy.
Because AmigaOS was rather buggy at the time of the A1000's release, the OS was not placed in ROM. Instead, the A1000 included a daughterboard with 256 KB of RAM, dubbed the "Writable Control Store" (WCS), into which the core of the operating system was loaded from floppy disk (this portion of the operating system was known as the "Kickstart"). The WCS was write-protected after loading, and system resets did not require a reload of the WCS. In Europe the WCS was often referred to as WOM (Write Once Memory) as opposite to ROM (Read Only Memory).
Many A1000 owners remained attached to their machines long after newer models rendered the units technically obsolete, and it attracted numerous aftermarket upgrades. Many CPU upgrades that plugged into the Motorola 68000 socket functioned in the A1000. Additionally, a line of products called the Rejuvenator series allowed the use of newer chipsets in the A1000, and an Australian-designed replacement A1000 motherboard called The Phoenix utilized the same chipset as the A3000 and added an A2000-compatible video slot and onboard SCSI controller.
In 2006 PC World rated the Amiga 1000 as the 7th greatest PC of all time . In 2007 it was rated by the same magazine as the 37th best tech product of all time. In 1994, as Commodore filed for bankruptcy, Byte magazine called the Amiga 1000 "the first multimedia computer... so far ahead of its time that almost nobody--including Commodore's marketing department--could fully articulate what it was all about."
Technical information
The Amiga 1000 had a 7.15909 MHz 68000 CPU (7.09 MHz for PAL machines). This is precisely double the 3.58 MHz NTSC color carrier frequency, and was needed by the Amiga chipset when outputting NTSC video. All frequencies in the Amiga 1000 are derived from this frequency as it simplified glue logic and allowed the Amiga 1000 to make do with a single cheap mass-produced crystal.
Though most units were sold with an analog RGB monitor, the A1000 also had a built-in composite video output which allowed the computer to be connected directly to a TV or VCR.
It is possible to do a direct socket replacement of the standard 7 MHz 68000 CPU with a 68010 CPU. The 68010 executes instructions slightly faster than the 68000, but the conversion also introduces a small degree of software incompatibility.
Technical specifications


Jay Miner's signature from the top cover of a Commodore Amiga 1000 computer. The paw print is that of Mitchy, Miner's dog.
* CPU: Motorola 68000 (7.16 MHz NTSC, 7.09 MHz PAL)
* Chipset: OCS (Original Chipset)
o Audio (Paula):
* 4 voices / 2 channels (Stereo)
* 8-bit resolution / 6-bit volume
* 28 kHz sampling rate
* 70 dB S/N Ratio
o Video (Common resolutions):
* 320×200 with 32 colors or HAM-6
* 320×400i with 32 colors or HAM-6
* 640×200 with 16 colors
* 640×400i with 16 colors
* Memory:
o 8 KB ROM for bootstrap code.
o 256 KB WOM for the OS loaded from kickstart.
o 256 KB of Chip RAM by default, with an additional 256 KB provided by a dedicated cartridge.
o Practical upper limit of about 9 MB of Fast RAM memory due to being limited to an 24-bit address bus.
* This memory can not be utilized by the chipset, and is therefore faster.
* Removable Storage:
o 3.5" DD Floppy drive, capacity 880 KB
* Input/Output connections:
o Composite TV out (PAL versions sold in Europe and Australia, NTSC elsewhere)
o Analogue RGB video plug
o RCA audio plugs, 300 Ohm impedance.
o 2 × Game/Joy ports (used by the mouse)
o Keyboard port
o RS232 Serial port (DB25)
o Centronics Parallel port (DB25)
o Port for external floppy drive
o One expansion port for add-ons (memory, SCSI adaptor, etc), electrically and physically identical to the Amiga 500 expansion port (though, inexplicably, the A500's port was upside-down relative to the port on the A1000)
* Resources handled by AutoConfig.
* Software (Bundled):
o AmigaOS 1.0/1.1/1.2 operating system, loaded from the Kickstart floppy disk at power-on.
o Microsoft Amiga BASIC
o Voice synthesis library

The two versions of the A1000

There were two versions of the Amiga 1000. The first one was sold only in Canada and the United States, had a NTSC display and lacked the EHB video mode which all other models of the Amiga had. Later units of this version would had the EHB mode built in. The second one had a PAL display and the EHB video mode, and was built in Germany.

(AS of January 1, 2010)
3 In my collection
Status:
Unit 1) in pieces for paint (yellowed beyond Belief) It is doubtful at this time if I will ever get pieces back or painted. Working? : Unknown, first bootup before teardown failed, new Power supply ordered, but not tested yet.
Unit 2) slighty yellowed- hole over fan "grill" in back. Working? >boots to just a white screen, no time to check it out
Unit 3): Mint Condition works great, even have the boxes for it.

Cool notes:
Keyboard slides under unit
Many upgrades possible only with side expansion. There is not really any room inside the case for much upgrades (although some are possible)
There is more RF shielding on this unit than the space shuttle. You could drop a car on it and the motherboard is protected.
Cool for display, but not all that useful (without upgrades) for daily use.
The keyboard is attached to the unit with RJ 10 (almost phone plug) cable.

Average Ebay price:
In the fall of 2007 /spring 2008 these units were rather inexpensive and very easy to get going for an average of $30 to $50 USD in North America. Now, for some unknown reason (i suspect it is hoarders/ dealers) prices have climbed up to average around $100 USD. More of course if you have all the boxes and it is in nice shape.
Be Aware the some People will try to say that a unit with/ or without a Commodore logo on the front is rareer,Some say the ones with are from the UK, but this has never been fully proven. Simple fact is, the first lot that was made did not have the CBM branding on the front and later models did. It doesn't affect the price one way or another. If you wish to get one of these, go for it. It is a cool design.

 

 

 

 

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