Amiga Announces New President and Fast-track Development
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - February 26, 1999 - In a series of meetings in
San Diego, representatives of Amiga Inc. and Amiga International
met to hammer out the details of technical, strategic and marketing
plans which will see the launch of a range of new Amiga-based
computers for the next millennium. The company has relocated its
headquarters to San Diego and Jim Collas will be serving as the new
president of Amiga.
"Amiga is an amazing opportunity that we must act on now or it
will be lost forever," said Collas. "The AmigaOS platform is ideal
for Internet-ready, consumer-oriented digital appliances of the
future. The Amiga name is associated the world over with
user-friendly, low cost, powerful computing. We will take this
philosophy into the next generation, enabling products from hand
held Internet appliances to high-end graphics computers that help
the user rather than frustrate them."
Collas, formerly a senior vice president for Amiga’s
parent company, Gateway, will be running Amiga as a wholly
independent subsidiary operation and will integrate Amiga Inc. and
Amiga International under the new Amiga corporate structure. His
leadership will allow the company to step up a fast - track
development program that is currently underway.
Amiga is planning to launch next generation products worldwide
before the New Year. They will be announcing detailed product plans
and introducing several of their strategic partners over the
summer. Products currently targeted for the initial launch are a
development system, an Internet appliance, and a low cost home
computer in the tradition of the Amiga A500 that dominated home
computing in the late eighties and early nineties. The developers
system will be available with a software development suite for low
cost development on the new platform.
Jeff Schindler, in charge of product strategy for Amiga, is
planning the new Amiga product line. "The Amiga community has been
doing incredible things on a platform which hasn’t had an
official update in eight years," said Schindler. "They deserve a
system which lets them show off their talents."
Amiga’s administrative center in San Diego will shortly be
complemented by a software development center under the leadership
of Dr. Allan Havemose, vice president of Engineering for Amiga, in
San Jose, California. The Silicon Valley team will be rapidly
expanded over the coming months to develop revolutionary Amiga
multimedia layers over the real-time Neutrino OS core from QNX
Software Systems Ltd.
Petro Tyschtschenko will continue on as managing director of
Amiga International and will also play a critical role in guiding
the current Amiga community through the transition to the new Amiga
architecture. "The new Amiga plans are a rebirth for Amiga and an
exciting journey into the future," said Tyschtschenko.
For further information on Amiga and Amiga products, please
refer to www.amiga.com and
Bill McEwen, (425) 413-2620