Flashback AMIGA 500

Commodore Amiga 500 core for Multiple Classic Computer™

History[1]

The Amiga 500 was introduced in 1987 and became the leading computer in most of Western Europe. The Amiga sold approximately 6 million units[2].
Amiga500

Although popular with hobbyists, arguably its most widespread use was as a gaming machine, where its advanced graphics and sound for the time were of significant benefit.

The chip set was developed from a subsidiary company from Commodore called MOS Technology

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The Amiga generated huge interest for software development in Europe and the rest of the world.

Uncounted commercial software titles were made for the Amiga.
This included development tools, office applications, and last but not least a lot of games and demos.

 

It is still being actively used as a demo machine, especially for music
and live retro gaming sessions.

 

Original architecture and re-implementation:

The Amiga 500 uses a Motorola 68000 CPU running at 7 MHz.  Commodores MOS Technology Unit developed the powerful custom chip sets for Amiga computer series. Fat Agnus is the memory controller and blitter, Denise is the video controller chip, Paula was developed for sound and I/O handling and Gary for I/O interfacing and operations.

Architecture

ArcadeRetroGaming (ARG) implementation is based on the excellent work of the retro gaming community.
Developers like Dennis van Weeren, Tobis Gubener and software on the ARM by Jakub Bednarski [3,4,5] inspired the implementation on the MCC.The

ARG engineering team around Frederic Requin included the following features and enhancements:

  • One AMIGA core supports PAL and NTSC with a simple software switch
  • Disk emulation to read and write SD-cards
  • Disk Drive and CPU performance overlay menu
  • Switching between different disk images with easy human machine interface
  • High resolution VGA output (available only with the MCC-216-VGA version)

 

Games and Demos:
To combine the powerful hardware with the right content ARG joint forces with Cloanto® supporting 45 games and several demos from the AMIGA Forever™ series. The system supports in addition updates of applications, games and demos via the AMIGA Forever™ PC software.

 

Accessories:
To support the full Amiga classic computer experience ArcadeRetroGaming is offering several accessories like wireless Joypads and classic Retro Joysticks. Please check out our online store.

 

References:

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amiga

[2] http://arstechnica.com/old/content/2005/12/total-share.ars

[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimig

[4] http://opencores.org/project,tg68

[5] http://gamesource.groups.yahoo.com/group/minimigtg68/

 

C64 Forever™ and AMIGA Forever™ are Trademarks from Cloanto®.

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