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  • Rob

ON THIS DAY, 1992...

On the 21st of October, 1992 Commodore released the Amiga 1200. Also known as the A1200, it is a personal computer that was part of the Amiga line of computers. It was released in 1992 as the successor to the Amiga 500 and was one of the last models in the Amiga series.

The Amiga 1200 was known for its advanced multimedia capabilities and its popularity among gamers and creative professionals. Some key features and information about the Amiga 1200:

1. Hardware Specifications:

  • CPU: The Amiga 1200 was powered by a Motorola 68EC020 processor running at 14 MHz.

  • Memory: It typically came with 2MB of Chip RAM, which could be expanded using add-on cards.

  • Graphics: The A1200 featured the AGA (Advanced Graphics Architecture), which improved graphics capabilities, supporting up to 256 colours on screen from a palette of 16.8 million.

  • Sound: The A1200 had 4-channel stereo sound with 8-bit and 14-bit audio capabilities.

2. Expansion Slots:

  • The Amiga 1200 had a PCMCIA Type II slot, which could be used for adding memory, networking capabilities, or other peripherals.

  • It also had a trapdoor expansion slot for adding additional memory or other upgrades.

3. Compact Design:

  • The A1200 was relatively compact, featuring an all-in-one design with a built-in keyboard.

4. Software:

  • The Amiga 1200 ran the AmigaOS operating system, which was known for its multitasking capabilities and graphic user interface.

5. Popular Games and Applications:

  • The Amiga 1200 was popular for gaming and creative applications. It had a wide range of games and software available, including classics like "The Secret of Monkey Island," "Wings," and "Lemmings."

6. Demoscene:

  • The Amiga demoscene, a subculture of computer art and programming, flourished during the Amiga's heyday. Demos were created to showcase the computer's graphical and audio capabilities and often pushed the hardware to its limits.

7. Decline and Legacy:

  • Despite its technical capabilities and popularity, the Amiga 1200 couldn't compete with the growing dominance of IBM-compatible PCs and the Apple Macintosh in the early 1990s. Commodore, the company behind the Amiga, faced financial troubles and eventually went bankrupt in 1994.

  • The Amiga community and enthusiasts have kept the platform alive through emulators, software preservation, and continued development.

The Amiga 1200, like other Amiga models, has a devoted and nostalgic fanbase, and it remains a beloved piece of computing history. It is remembered for its multimedia capabilities, gaming experiences, and contributions to the demoscene.


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