From: info-mac (info-mac@uw-beaver)
Subject: Mac Competition ?
Date: 1984-08-24 20:59:55 PST
From: Werner Uhrig <CMP.WERNER@UTEXAS-20.ARPA>
COMMODORE TO BUY AMIGA
(from the Austin American Statesman, late last week sometimes)
West Chester, Pa (AP) - Commodore International Ltd. says it
agreed to acquire Amiga Corp., a small maker of microcomputers that
machines made by Apple Computer Inc.
Terms of the proposed purchase were not disclosed.
Amiga is a closely held firm based in Santa Clara, Calif.
Commodore is the nation's leading producer of home computers.
Industry analysts said the acquisition would enable Commodore to
introduce a personal computer with similar processing power and
graphics capabilities as Apple's Macintosh, but that costs
Two months ago Amiga unveiled its Macintosh-like computer at a
price of $1500, compared with the $2,495 pricetag for the
And last week Commodore's chief executive, Marshall Smith, said
Commodore would soon introduce a small high-performance computer
Macintosh for "well under $1,000."
The Amiga computer and Macintosh employ 32-bit microprocessors,
meaning they can manage 32 pieces of data simultaneously. Most
personal computers costing under $1,500 use less powerful 8 and
Besides giving Commodore a quick entry into the market for
32-bit computers, Commodore's announcement also was seen as a
move against Atari Inc., another home-computer maker that was
acquired in July by Commodore's former president, Jack Tramiel.
It had been widely reported that Tramiel also wants to market a
Macintosh rival that sells for less than $1,500.