Inside the Amiga 1000

Twenty-five years ago, Commodore released a revolutionary multimedia machine. We take a peek inside this classic computer to see what made the Amiga so amazing.

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The secret sauce of the Amiga is in its custom-designed coprocessing chipset, visible here in the form of three chips with female nicknames. "Paula" handles the computer's sound and controls the floppy drive. "Agnus" performs fancy memory-management magic and a few graphical coprocessor functions. "Daphne" is an early version of a later, more common chip named "Denise" that generates most of the Amiga 1000's impressive graphical output. Together, these chips form the heart and soul of a powerful computer that, while quickly surpassed by IBM PC clones in the market, was far ahead of its time. Legions of loyal Amiga fans still cherish the machine today.
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Interested in more tech nostalgia? Check out [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/197429/the_evolution_of_video_game_media.html|"The Evolution of Video Game Media"]] and [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/183679/30_years_of_handheld_game_systems.htmlYears%20of%20Handheld%20Game%20Systems|"30 Years of Handheld Game Systems."]]

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