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Amiga All-in-One is next in line for Commodore USA release

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September 5, 2010

Commodore USA has revealed its plans to release an Amiga-branded all-in-one keyboard compu...

Commodore USA has revealed its plans to release an Amiga-branded all-in-one keyboard computer

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Only a few short days ago, Commodore USA announced its intention to launch a modern version of the legendary C64 all-in-one keyboard computer. Now the company has revealed an exclusive licensing agreement with Amiga Inc. that should result in the company releasing upgraded Amiga-branded machines. As well as a technical overhaul, the new computers are to be fully compatible with the updated version of the AmigaOS operating system.

The image rendered on Commodore USA's product page looks closest to an Amiga 1200, which came with 2MB of system memory and a Motorola 68EC020 14MHz processor when it was originally released in 1992. Computer technology has moved on a tad since then and the new Amiga-branded all-in-one is shown with a 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512MB of onboard memory, a 2TB HDD and 4GB DDR3 RAM. There's even mention of a Blu-ray optical drive placed where the floppy disk drive would have originally sat.

Commodore USA's CEO Barry Altman, commenting on the success in securing the rights to an exclusive global license, said: "The legacy of the Commodore and Amiga trademark brand, reunited once again after so many years, and our reintroduction of the legendary All-In-One computer keyboard form factor, combined with the twenty five year anniversary of the introduction of the first Amiga computer by Commodore International, is a once in a lifetime opportunity."

The company has also announced full compatibility with the open source update to the AmigaOS operating system, AROS.

No more information has been released at this time, we'll keep an eye on developments and let you know when actual product becomes available. In the meantime, expect more licensing news to come from the press room at Commodore USA as the company attempts to acquire "the third and final brand license, completing our quest for the total technology trifecta." Atari ST anyone?

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6 Comments

That rendering looks like it's straight out of 1991, with its dark look, wooden checkerboard background and CRT monitor. They really should give this up. I liked the Amiga as much as anybody, having owned every model they made except for the 4000. It was definitely a value-priced alternative to the Mac. But it's time to let go of the past. With the Mac mini starting at only $699, there's no need for a less expensive competitor that doesn't use Windows.

Gadgeteer
6th September, 2010 @ 07:12 am PDT

i am looking forward to this. i would love to see n affordable computer with amigo OS 4.x on it.

The_Omega_Man
6th September, 2010 @ 12:01 pm PDT

Is it going to be made by Cybernet?

Facebook User
6th September, 2010 @ 03:30 pm PDT

I wish they used a clicky-keyboard to give it old school authenticity. Sadly it looks like a standard keyboard. I still use old-school IBM clicky-keyboards. They are the best. I hate mushy quite keys.

V-4-Vendetta
8th September, 2010 @ 08:54 am PDT

I understand that it would be able to run Windows, being i7

I also understand that it would Not be able to run Amiga OS 4.x as it is not PPC based.

Etienne Marais
6th August, 2012 @ 10:25 am PDT

If it is not 680xxx or PPC based it cannot run the OCS/AGA Amiga software; In what way is it an Amiga? Can AROS run OCS games? Is there some sort of hardware emulation in there?

Marco Nadal
15th April, 2013 @ 06:53 pm PDT
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