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The history of the Amiga began with Jay minor who developed the computer during 1982. Amiga was then acquired by Commodore and introduced into the market in 1985. Commodore sold around 6 million Amiga computers throughout Europe. One of the first models was the Amiga A500 home computer, this machine was designed for both the serious side of things such as word processing, low-scale graphics creation and gaming use. As time went on, there were different and more enchanced versions of the Amiga. One of them was the Amiga A1200 with its AGA graphics chipset, giving more detail in graphics and having a better processor.

Most Amiga models came with the operating system Workbench which was kind of similar to today's Windows Operating System. The Operating systems had various tools, such as basic text editing software and even a program called "Say" which would let you type words and then the computer would use a digital voice to say what you type.

Initially the media that was used for Amigas was floppy disks, and then CD-ROM's were released in the later part of Amiga's history.

Generally the Amiga models were released as home computers but in 1993 the Amiga CD32 was launched. The Amiga CD32 was a games console, CD-ROM based, and accounted for about 50% of console sales at the time. The graphics chip and processor of the CD32 was based pretty much on the A1200 computer. It practially had the same graphics chip (AGA) and processor.

The year 1994 saw the dimise of the Commodore Amiga with the collapse of Commodore. Escom then went on to purchase Amiga, but after changing the logo slightly and releasing a few models, they also collapsed. Since then, many companies have acquired Amiga Technologies and have used various aspects of the computer for different purposes, but 1994 was pretty much the end of the Amiga as many knew it.


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