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The Commodore Amiga A1200

 

Commodore

Amiga Technologies
(Escom)

 

The Amiga A1200 was launched by Commodore in October 1992 and remained in production as a Commodore product until Commodore folded in early 1994. By 1995, a German company, Escom had purchased Commodore's assets and set up a separate Amiga division which re-launched the A1200 and continued to manufacture it until Escom too went bankrupt in 1996.

 

Specifications

Processor Motorola 68EC020

A low cost 68020, with a reduced size address bus (24-bit)

Clock Speed 14.18 MHz (PAL) or 14.32 MHz (NTSC)
ROM 512 kB Kickstart ROM Version 3.0 (Commodore) or 3.1 (Escom)
RAM - fitted 2 MB Amiga Chip RAM
RAM - expansion

8 MB in the expansion slot without CPU upgrade

256 MB in the expansion slot with CPU upgrade

4 MB in PCMCIA (Type II) slot

Chipset
Amiga Advanced Graphics Architecture (AGA) Original Chipset (OCS)
8374 Alice Memory controller and Blitter Angus
4203 Lisa Video control Denise
8364 Paula Sound & I/O Paula
Gayle I/O, PCMCIA, IDE interfaces Gary
Budgie Bus controller, fast RAM & Trapdoor
Display

Display modes

320200 to 1280400i (60 Hz NTSC)

320256 to 1280512i (50 Hz PAL)

640480 (VGA)

800600i, 1024768i (not officially supported)

Colours

24-bit colour palette (16.8 Million colours)

Up to 256 on-screen colours in indexed mode

262,144 on-screen colours in HAM-8 mode

Sound

4 8-bit PCM channels (2 stereo channels)

2856 kHz maximum DMA sampling rate (dependent on video mode in use)

I/O Capability

2 Mouse/Game ports (DE9)

Floppy disk drive port (DB-23F)

RS-232 serial port (DB-25M)

Centronics style parallel port (DB-25F)

Right/Left Audio out (2 RCA)

Analog RGB video out (DB-23M)

Composite video out (RCA)

RF audio/video out (RCA)

Expansion slots

16-bit Type II PCMCIA slot

150-pin local expansion port (Trapdoor)

22-pin clockport

44-pin ATA controller supporting PIO-0 transfer mode (internal)

Data Storage

Drive: DS/DD 3" floppy disk drive, 880 kB capacity

Internal housing for 2.5" IDE hard disk drive

Operating System AmigaOS 3.0/3.1. (Kickstart 3.0-3.1/Workbench 3.0-3.1)

 

Some Useful Commodore Amiga Resources on the Web

Wikipedia
Amiga Commodore Amiga
Amiga 1200 Commodore Amiga A1200
Amiga emulation Commodore Amiga emulation, covers a number of emulators, including those below
Amiga Specific
AmiBay.com Retro computer trading board with discussion forums, a lot of Amiga content
Amiga Information User group for Amiga users, has kinks to lots of Amiga related information
AMIGA.org Amiga forum
English Amiga Board  
Big book of Amiga hardware "Probably the largest Amiga hardware reference on the net!"

 

Amiga Emulators

WinUAE

Windows port of the UAE Emulator

The best free emulator for the Amiga

 More emulator info on my page here.

 

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