Wednesday, March 21st 2012

Commodore USA Releases First New Commodore Amiga in 20 Years

Commodore USA, LLC announced today the historic re-unification of the legendary Commodore and AMIGA brands with the launch of the new Commodore AMIGA mini, as well as other new models such as the new C64x Supreme, the new VIC mini and a more powerful VIC-Slim keyboard computer (now with HDMI output). These new products are now in production and available for purchase at www.commodoreusa.net.

The new Commodore AMIGA mini is a trail blazing power-house featuring Intel's i7-2700k 3.5 GHz Quad-Core (3.9 GHz Turboboost) processor, 16 Gb RAM DDR3 1333 MHz and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 GPU with 1 GB DDR3. This machine is fully loaded with a 1 TB SATA drive (optional 300 GB or 600 GB SSD), two WiFi antennae and bluetooth. The new Commodore AMIGA mini case is ultra small and features a solid, all aluminum seamless housing,micro-sandblasted with an anodic oxidation finish. It also includes a slot load Blu-Ray drive and internal space for two 2.5" hard drives. It measures 7.5 inches square with a height of only 3 inches. The AMIGA mini's appearance is enhanced with the inclusion of the classic embedded AMIGA logo engraved in the front.

The C64x, highly regarded by Commodore fans for its retro styling, now features Intel's new D2700 dual core 2.13 GHz CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 (512 Mb) graphics for enhanced gaming capability over previous models. It also features 4 Gb Memory (DDR3 1066), a 1 or 3 GB SATA drive (300 or 600 Gb SSD optional), a mechanical keyboard, a built in multi-card reader, WiFI, Bluetooth, VGA, DVI and HDMI output, 7.1 channel high definition sound, 2 USB 3.0 and 4 USB 2.0 ports for exceptional external data access, a slot loading Blu-ray drive that can also write DVDs and 2 WiFi antennae for outstanding signal reception.

The VIC mini has specifications identical to the C64x Supreme, wrapped in the elegant aluminum enclosure of the AMIGA mini.

The VIC-Slim is an upgraded unit replacing the previous 1.8 GHz dual core Atom with the new Intel 2.13 GHz Dual Core D2700 processor and includes 2 Gb RAM (DDR3 1066 MHz), a 1 Tb SATA Hard Disk Drive and HDMI output.

Mr. Barry Altman, CEO, states "This is an historic day. The team here has been working around the clock to fulfill the vision of a reunited Commodore and AMIGA branded computer with the launch of our new Commodore AMIGA mini."

Mr. Leo Nigro, CTO, states "We built Commodore USA to take advantage of the rapid rate of technological change in the computer hardware market. The introduction of Intel's new Atom processor for compact devices such as the C64x Supreme, VIC-Slim and VIC mini proves that Commodore USA is setting the pace for the computer industry. The Commodore AMIGA mini with its 16 GB of RAM, powerful i7-2700k 3.5 GHz Quad-Core processor and built-in NVIDIA graphics chipset is truly worthy of the AMIGA name. Also, with the inclusion of Commodore OS Vision, our own Linux distribution showcasing our product's advanced hardware features, we can also provide a unique and compelling experience for customers seeking an alternative to Apple and Microsoft products. First and foremost I'm a Commodore and AMIGA fan, and like millions of other fans around the world, I am excited by the return of the famous Commodore and AMIGA brands we grew up with and loved."

Barry Altman adds, "Leo and I and the entire team, started on this journey to prove that we could take these historic computer brands and produce products that are relevant to both the historical consumer base and new customers. These computers are breathtaking in appearance, incredibly powerful and exciting to use."
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31 Comments on Commodore USA Releases First New Commodore Amiga in 20 Years

#1
DigitalUK
its not a comodore , the amiga was amazing for its time i could do more with a amiga (2mb) at the time than i could with a 486 (66mhz) with 16mb. (i was doing alot of audio stuff back then). thats just a pc with a case that says amiga on the front.
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#2
Red_Machine
That's not a fucking Amiga. It's just a PC with a label slapped on it. Fuck you, Barry Altman.

The only TRUE Amiga is the X1000.
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#3
Bambooz
What do you guys expect them to do? Put in a proprietary PowerPC (or whatever) based mainboard and make it useless to 99.9% of the "average joe" computer crowd?
The above wouldn't sell. At all.
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#4
DigitalUK
no of course not, but those of us old enough to have used them on a daily basis remember they could do so much with so little and lasted years. this was all around how they were programmed maybe they could have at last done something with risc or maybe arm, to show us pc users how much power is being wasted. such a shame that 20 years later we see the great title of Commodore USA Releases First New Commodore Amiga in 20 Years and its a normal pc looking abit like an apple.
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Tatty_One
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I still have my Commodore 64, Vic 20 and Amiga CD32..... thing is, I don't think they are trying anything more than packaging a reasonably specced PC into a compact but good looking case (so to speak), and why should they? It has worked fairly well in the past for Apple and many other OEM's such as Acer etc that have jumped on bandwagon's with varying degrees of success..... average users out there will pay a bit more for something that is aesthetically pleasing, they will never be "true" Amiga's etc unless they run their own software as they did before, but these days that would turn them into consoles :eek: Not of course that I have anything personally against consoles, I even have a 360 that I use to put my ashtray and beer on in the conservatory! I am a convert.
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DigitalUK
commodore should have left the name amiga alone, if it was just commodore is back and building pc's then great i would buy commodore parts, but using the name amiga i saw commodore has released a amiga after 20 years looked down and saw Intel 2700k (how original) and various "normal" pc parts. this is sort of like AMD using the FX brand recently unless it did was the original did for the scene leave the name alone.
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