|Developer: Commodore International
Year of development: 1989-1991
A few months after the cancellation of the A1000+ and A3000+ it
was decided the company should attempt to salvage the A1000+
technology and build a lower spec ECS-based machine. The project
was developed under the codename 'A1000jr', an unofficial title
intended to annoy Bill Sydnes.
In an e-mail exchange, Dave Haynie commented on one of the changes
made to the A1000jr design:
"They did the backplanes 2-layer, and when I
pointed out that Zorro III didn't run on a 2-layer backplane, they
disabled Zorro III mode, so these were Zorro-II
After months of development four configurations were produced for
the mid-range market. These would fit between the A500 and A3000 in
the Commodore product line.
||Number of Zorro II
The finished products were production-worthy, but were never
ordered by a sales company within Commodore. In an attempt to
recoup the cost of development, Commodore reused the case design
for the A4000 a year later, and upgraded the A1000Jr configuration
into the A3200.
Last Update: 1/11/2001