Amiga MCC concept models
First seen: 1999
Similar to the Walker before it, the MCC (Multimedia
Convergence Computer) is a symbol of a specific period in the Amiga history.
On this occasion the year was 1999, Gateway owned the Amiga and were using it
to create a 'next generation' set-top box that would revolutionise the known
world... according to the press announcements. The reality was that the MCC
did not actually exist - it was simply a marketing tool used by Jim Collas to
demonstrate a demand for a new Amiga and force Gateway to fund a real system
(source: Bill McEwen, 2001). Unfortunately the gamble did not work out as planned,
Gateway refused to develop the machine and Jim Collas left the company. Soonafter,
the MCC was killed and the design was passed to the new independent Amiga Inc.,
whom sold it to Merlancia Industries on July
29th 2001 for use in their Apocalypse DT and ST series systems.
Although the internal workings of the MCC were false, the external appearance
was not. Pentagram, a leading design firm, were commissioned to create a set-top
box unit that would blend with the living and bedroom. The result was 12 concept
designs, seven of which can be found here, that would take the Amiga brand into
the new millennium. The Amiga MCC casework shows the first of these designs
to be used.
Last Update: 07/11/2002