16/32-bit Personal Computer - Dismantled for reference and curiosity
Released in July 1985 the Commodore Amiga 1000 / A1000 was initially simply called, 'The Amiga from Commodore'.
At its beginning the A1000 was destined to be a seriously capable games machine. Once it was fully developed the A1000 was so capable that Commodore elevated it to a full blown personal computer. This isn't surprising as the A1000 was designed by Jay Miner who'd previously engineered the technically impressive Atari 400 and 800 computers.
As above the Amiga was originally destined to be a games platform and was designed by a company called 'Amiga'. After attempting unsuccessfully to sell this new platform to Atari they offered it to Commodore who were quick to seize the opportunity.
Boasting a 32-bit, multitasking GUI, 4096 simultaneous colours and four channel stereo sound it was quickly embraced by graphic designers, artist and animators. For the price, the Amiga 1000 offered outstanding multimedia data processing with multiple co-processors allowing it to completely outstrip its competitors in ability with only much higher end, 'serious computers and workstations' able to offer similar features.
Unfortunately due to poor marketing and a lack of compatibility with MS DOS, buyers didn't give the A1000 a chance to really shine and it was soon replaced with the Commodore Amiga 500/A500 and 2000.
Interestingly the underside of the case lid has the upraised signatures of the Amiga 1000's designers including 'Mitchy' Jay Miner's dog.