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Commodore Amiga 3000

A3000 Desktop
Developer: Commodore International
Launch date: April 24th, 1990

The A3000 is a powerhouse in comparison to previous Amiga, it was sold as a high-end graphics workstation. For a time it was used by W Industries as the basis of their highly acclaimed Virtuality machines. At the heart of the A3000 was the powerful 68030 (described in ST/Amiga Format as a 'mainframe on a chip'). In addition the A3000 was the first Amiga to feature the new Kickstart 2 upgrade and Zorro III slots.

To emphasis the A3000s capabilities as a high-end workstation, two operating systems were included:
The first was the newly released Kickstart/Workbench 2. This was unusual by the fact that Kickstart was stored on the hard disk rather than in ROM. This was similar to the A1000 that required Kickstart to be loaded from floppy disk before anything else could be done.

The second OS to be included with the A3000 was the Unix System (SVR4) V operating system. This allowed the use of the Unix graphical interface, X Windows and Open Look. It also came with standard networking capabilities (probably a first for Commodore), such as TCP/IP, NFS and RFS for networking between different operating systems. In a bizarre twist, the Unix OS was sold on a magnetic tape rather than floppy disk.

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A3000 case (192k)
A3000 motherboard (61k) | A3000 Revision 6.1 (50k) | A3000 Revision 8 board (48k) | A3000 Revision 9 board (51k)
Amiga Unix Packaging (30k) | Image of A3000 Installation disks (42k) | A3000 case logo (29k)

A3000 Technical Specifications Related Pages
The Amiga Chronology
Amiga 3000UX

 

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