Chronology of Amiga Computers

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1990

January
  • At the Consumer Electronics Show, Commodore gives a sneak preview of a proposed "interactive graphics player", based on a variant of the Amiga 500, with 1 MB of RAM. The machine includes an integrated CD-ROM drive, wireless controllers, and no keyboard. [441.17]
(month unknown)
  • Broderbund releases the If It Moves, Shoot It game for the Amiga. Price is US$29.95. [449.6]
  • IntraCorp releases the Superman: The Man of Steel game for the Amiga. Price is US$39.95. [449.8]
  • Actionware releases the SideShow game for the Amiga. It is a collection of eight arcade-style games. Price is US$44.95. [441.66] [449.8]
  • Electronic Arts releases Deluxe Video III desktop video software for the Amiga. Price is US$149.95. [441.57] [449.7]
February
  • In Paris, France, the Third European Amiga Developers Conference is held. Twelve Amiga 3000 prototypes running AmigaDOS 1.4 are available for product testing. [441.5]
(month unknown)
  • Electronic Arts releases the It Came from the Desert game for the Amiga. It was created by Cinemaware. [441.59]
  • Accolade releases The Cycles motorcycle game for the Amiga. Price is US$44.95. [441.60]
  • Strategic Simulations releases the Dragons of Flame Advanced Dungeons & Dragons action game for the Amiga. Price is US$39.95. [441.61]
  • Broderbund releases the Shufflepuck Cafe game for the Amiga. Price is US$39.95. [441.60]
  • Electronic Zoo releases the Spherical game for the Amiga in the U.S. The game was written by Rainbow Arts in Britain. Price is US$34.95. [441.62]
  • Elkon Enterprises releases the Hermes IconLab 1.3 icon editor software for the Amiga. Price is US$35. [441.63]
  • Sierra releases the Leisure Suit Larry Goes Looking for Love (In Several Wrong Places) game for the Amiga. Price is US$59.95. [441.64]
  • Data East releases the Robocop game for the Amiga. It is based on the movie and arcade game. Price is US$44.95. [441.62]
March
  • Commodore offers Amiga 1000 owners US$1000 to trade in their Amiga on a new Amiga 2000. [441.7]
March 17
  • In Washington, D.C., the AmiExpo trade show is held, over three days. [441.4] [1176.89]
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(month unknown)
  • Commodore upgrades the Amiga 2000HD computer, replacing the 2090A hard drive controller and 40 MB Rodime hard drive with a 2091 controller and faster Quantum hard drive. [441.5]
  • Taito releases the Operation Thunderbolt game for the Amiga. It is a sequel to Operation Wolf. Price is US$34.95. [441.5]
  • Electronic Zoo releases the Treasure Trap game for the Amiga. Price is US$39.95. [441.5]
  • Interstel releases the D.R.A.G.O.N. Force antiterrorist game for the Amiga. Price is US$49.95. [441.7]
  • In the film Screwball Hotel, an Amiga 2000 computer appears. [1728.78]
  • In an episode of TV show Alfred Hitchcock Presents, an Amiga 1000 computer and an Amiga 2000 computer appear. [1728.78]
  • In the rock music video for the song "Rev. Jack's Roaming Cadillac Church" by Timbuk3, an Amiga 1000 computer appears. [1728.78]
April 24
  • At the Palladium in New York City, Commodore hosts Multimedia Live!, and announces the Amiga 3000 computer. The system features a Motorola 16 or 25 MHz 68030, 68881 or 68882 math coprocessor, new Enhanced Chip Set, Zorro III bus, 2 MB RAM, 40 or 100 MB hard drive, AmigaDOS v2.0, and AmigaVision authoring system. Prices are US$3299 (16 MHz, 40 MB), US$3999 (25 MHz, 40 MB), US$4699 (25 MHz, 100 MB). [407.19] [1728.24,31]
April 27
  • In New York City, New York, the World of Amiga show is held, over two days. [449.92]
June
  • Commodore Business Machines ships the Amiga A3000 computer. [645.10]
(month unknown)
  • Walt Disney Computer Software releases The Animation Studio for the Amiga computer, for US$179. [645.18] (1989 [2014.C12])
September
  • NewTek ships the Video Toaster, a hardware/software video effects tool for the Commodore Amiga 2000, for US$1600. [19] [409.21] [539.A-41] [640.6] [644.10] (December [857.68])
November 30
  • In Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the World of Commodore/Amiga trade show is held, over three days. [2005.23] [1728.26]

1991

January
  • Commodore Business Machines publicly shows the CDTV (Commodore Dynamic Total Vision) package. It features a CD-ROM player integrated with a 7.16 MHz 68000-based Amiga 500. List price is US$1000. [2007.21] [2009.30] [1167] (April [2013.8])
(month unknown)
  • Todd Rundgren completes a music video for the song "Change Myself", created using several Amiga computers. [1865.46]
  • Power Computing releases the Fusion Forty accelerator card for the Amiga A1500/2000 in the United Kingdom. It includes a 25 MHz 68040 processor and 4 MB RAM. Price is 2000 pounds. [2178.58]
  • Commodore Business Machines unveils the Amiga 3000UX, with a Motorola MC68030 25 MHz processor, 68882 math coprocessor, UNIX System V Release 4, Open Look, and Ethernet support. Cost is US$5000, without a monitor. [172.75]

1992

February (month)
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: Team Suzuki. [2313.66]
April (month)
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the UK during the month: Formula One Grand Prix. [2581.23]
August (month)
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: Civilization. [1533.208]
(month unknown)
  • Commodore Business Machines introduces the Amiga 600: 4096 colors, stereo sound, full pre-emptive multitasking operating system (Workbench 2.05), PCMCIA slot, Motorola 68000 CPU, for a base price of $500. [361.40]
September (month)
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: Civilization. [2305.192]
October (month)
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: Civilization. [2306.160]
November (month)
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: Police Quest III. [1535.144]
December (month)
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: 688 Attack Sub. [2307.176]

1993

January (month)
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: 688 Attack Sub. [1503.144]
February (month)
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: 688 Attack Sub. [1504.160]
March (month)
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: 688 Attack Sub. [1505.160]
(month unknown)
  • Commodore Business Machines cuts prices by up to 45% on the Amiga A2000 with 1084S monitor, A3000T-25/200 the A3000T-040/200 and CDTV player. [928.14]
April (month)
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: 688 Attack Sub. [2308.144]
June (month)
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: 688 Attack Sub. [2309.176]
August (month)
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: 688 Attack Sub. [1506.272]
September
  • Commdore debuts the Amiga CD32 32-bit game console, with 2X CD-ROM. It is to be released soon with 30 games, for US$400. [1488.18]
September (month)
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: Overlord. [1507.240]
October (month)
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: Overlord. [2310.224]
November (month)
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: Overlord. [2311.184]
December 10
  • Paramount Pictures releases the film Wayne's World 2 to theaters in the USA. A character in the film wears an Amiga Video Toaster t-shirt. [2343]
December (month)
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: AD&D Gateway to the Savage Frontier. [1508.184]

1994

January (month)
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: AD&D Gateway to the Savage Frontier. [1509.184]
February (month)
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: AD&D Gateway to the Savage Frontier. [1510.176]
April 26
  • Commodore shuts down the Amiga division. [2611.22]
April 29
  • Commodore International and Commodore Electronics (two of the many international components of Commodore Business Machines) file for voluntary liquidation. [476.6] [491.52] [600.19] [1473.11] [1516.30] [1762.168] [2605.13] [2611.22] [2634.142]
November (month)
  • Top selling Amiga video game in the UK for the month: On the Ball: World Cup Edition. [2635.17]

1995

May
  • ESCOM announces the creation of a subsidiary company, Amiga Technologies, in Germany. [187]
September
  • Amiga Technologies ships the A1200 microcomputer. It features a 14 MHz Motorola 68EC020 microprocessor, 2 MB RAM, 24-bit color, 3.5 inch 880 KB floppy drive, optional 170 MB hard drive, and the AmigaOS 3.1 operating system. [186]
November
  • Amiga Technologies ships the A4000T microcomputer. It features a 25 MHz Motorola 68040 microprocessor (or 50 MHz 68060), 2 MB chip RAM, 24-bit color, 4-channel stereo sound, IDE and SCSI II adapters, 3.5 inch 880 KB floppy drive, 1 GB hard drive, and the AmigaOS 3.1 operating system. [186]
  • President of Amiga Technologies announces that the Power PC processor will be used in Amiga computers sometime in 1997. [186]

1996

July
  • ESCOM AG (owner of Amiga Technologies) files for bankruptcy. [186]
  • Visual Information Service signs an agreement to purchase the intellectual property and inventory of Amiga Technologies GmbH. [547.6]

1997

March 27
  • Gateway 2000 announces plans to acquire German company Amiga Technologies. The company will be renamed Amiga International, and retain president Petro Tyschtschenko. [1559] [2022.35]

1999

  • A group of Amiga fans creates the Phoenix Platform Consortium, to develop an Amiga-like computer compatible with older versions of the Amiga operating system. [1559]
July
  • Gateway announces plans to build information appliances based on Amiga technology. [1559]
September 1
  • Amiga president Jim Collas resigns; he is replaced by Tom Schmidt. [1559]
September 17
  • Gateway announces it has scrapped plans to develop a new Amiga computer, but would consider licensing the Amiga hardware design. [1559]
December 31
  • Gateway sells the Amiga trademark and computer systems to Amino Development. [1106.30] [1559]

2000

June
  • Amiga releases the Amiga Software Developers Kit for the Amiga OS 3.5. [1106.30]

2004

  • Quote by Todd Rundgren "The ultimate fix for any Amiga was just to slap it really hard". Rundgren used several Amiga computers in creating a music video in 1991 for his song "Change Myself". [1865.48]

2009

September 27
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the USA.
    • A character says "do you know where you can buy ink for an Amiga brand fax machine?".
    • Laptop and desktop computers appear.
    [2576]

2013

  • System 3 releases the Putty Squid game for the Amiga. Original release date was 1994. [2649.7]

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