PRESS INFORMATION FOR IMMEDIATE
Amiga goes POWER PC (TM)
During his key note address held in Los Angeles at the Video
Toaster Expo, Petro Tyschtschenko, CEO and President of Amiga
Technologies officially announced the Power PC to be the processor
used in the future generation of Amiga computers.
The first POWER AMIGA will be available 1st quarter 1997 and
will feature the Power PC 604 RISC CPU. Further models will be
available later in the entry-level, as well as in the
The Power Amigas will be backwards compatible with current
models and will also feature a new and more powerful chipset.
"Our pre-emptive multitasking Operating System AmigaOS will be
ported to the Power PC platform first. Our goal is to make our OS
hardware independent to allow further ports on other platforms",
said Petro Tyschtschenko.
He also added: "We have a clear business plan: We do things
consequently, step by step. First, we ramped up the production and
set up an organisation to handle the Amiga market and satisfy the
demand. Now that we have achieved this successfully, we focus on
research & development to bring new and better products on the
market. One of the mistakes the former Commodore made, was to do
too many things at a time, too many promises and therefore losing
focus on important aspects of its business. We have learned from
these mistakes and won't repeat them. Commitments and promises are
nice but facts are better."
The developments will also focus on including more features in
the AmigaOS, especially regarding network abilities and memory
The development of the native RISC AmigaOS will be made
internally at Amiga Technologies. An R&D department is
currently being set up in Bensheim with sufficient engineers to
meet the announced schedules. Former well known Commodore engineers
as well as new competencies will join the team in Bensheim this
This development project will also be involving a dozen
companies in close partnership with Amiga Technologies GmbH.
More good news for all Amiga users: The Power PC technology will
not only be available for new Power Amigas. Thanks to a close
co-operation between Amiga Technologies and Phase V, a German turbo
board manufacturer, a full range of Power PC boards will also be
available for the A1200, A3000 and A4000 series.
This will allow a general migration of the Amiga platform
towards Power PC in a short time, also for current models.
First Power PC boards for current Amigas will be available
before end of 1996.
Amiga Technologies will be flexible in licensing the RISC
Operating System as before so that a global solution will be
available for all above mentioned Amiga computers. This is
especially important for the foreseeable partnerships.
The 68060 board for the Amiga 4000 T will be available during
the first quarter of 1996 and will provide the power needed by
applications like 3D rendering software, compilers and high-end
During 1996, new 68K based entry-level models will be available.
These Amigas will be based on the A1200 platform, with faster
processors, more memory expansion capacity and CD ROM
Amiga Technologies is a 100% subsidiary of the ESCOM AG and is
based in Bensheim, Germany.
You are welcome on our WEB page for more information at http://www.amiga.de.
Berliner Ring 89
Tel +49 6252 709 195
Fax +49 6252 709 520
Amiga is a registered trademark of ESCOM AG
POWER PC is a registered trademark of IBM corporation
Copyright 1995 by AMIGA Technologies GmbH - Editor:
Dr. Peter Kittel
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