Commodore Amiga 1200

The Amiga 1200, or A1200 (code-named 'Channel Z'), was Commodore International's third-generation Amiga computer, aimed at the home market. It was launched on October 21, 1992, at a base price of 399 GBP in the United Kingdom and 599 USD in the United States. Initially, only 30 000 A1200s were available at the UK launch.

Like its predecessor, the Amiga 500, the A1200 is an all-in-one design incorporating the CPU, keyboard, and disk drives (including the option of an internal 2,5" inch hard disk drive) in one physical unit. The A1200 was technically similar to the Atari Falcon, which was the A1200's most direct competitor, and shared hardware with the Amiga CD32 game console.

During the first year of its life the system reportedly sold well and the future looked good for the Amiga 1200, but Commodore ran into cash flow problems and soon went bankrupt. World wide sales figures for the Amiga 1200 are unknown but there were 95,000 A1200 systems sold in Germany before Commodore's bankruptcy.

After Commodore’s demise the A1200 almost disappeared off the market but the system was re-launched by Escom in 1995. The new Escom A1200 price was set to £399 and it came bundled with two games, seven applications and Amiga OS 3.1. It was criticized for being priced 150 pounds higher than what the Commodore variant had sold for two years prior and was taken off the market some time during 1996 as the parent company folded.

Motorola MC68EC020 14.32 MHz CPU
2 megabytes Chip RAM on motherboard
Maximum 2 megabytes Chip RAM
Maximum 8 megabytes Fast RAM
512k ROM on motherboard
3.5 drive bays
2.5 drive mountable
3.5 880k internal floppy drive
2.5 40 megabyte IDE hard drive (optional)
Integrated keyboard
96 keys
10 function keys
Numeric keypad
Cursor keys (inverted T layout)
2 button mouse
A1200 trapdoor 150 pin local bus expansion
PCMCIA 2.0 expansion bus
Compact case
External power supply port
External floppy drive port
RS-232 serial port
Centronics parallel port
2 mouse/joystick ports
Colour composite video port
15kHz colour RGB analogue video port
31KHz SVGA video output
2 stereo audio output ports
32 bit data path
24 bit address space
Optional battery backed clock
Weight: 8 lbs.
9.5" deep x 18.5" wide x 3 high
110 volt/60Hz 23 watts power supply (external)

This Amiga 1200 is in excellent condition, all the keys are still white, and was reportedly bought, but never used.


Manufacturer: Commodore
Date: 21st October 1992



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Commodore Amiga 1200 Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
The Works! Manuals Micro-Systems Software 1986
Digi-Paint 3 Manual from NewTek NewTek 1989

Commodore Amiga 1200 Articles:

Item Manufacturer Date
Voltmace delta 3A Analogue Joystick Voltmace Unknown
Commodore 1352 Mouse Commodore Unknown
Naksha Mouse Naksha Unknown
Powerplay Cruiser Unknown
Commodore Amiga 2090 Hard Disk/SCSI Controller Commodore Unknown
Phoenix ROM Sharer Phoenix Unknown
Quickshot Starfighter 1 Joypad Quickshot Ltd Unknown
G-lock Genlock and Sound Mixer Great Valley Products Unknown
Cumana CAX354 External Disk Drive Cumana Unknown
Microbee VGA Video Converter Microbee Technology Unknown
Commodore Amiga A2630 Commodore Unknown
Home Music Kit Adapt Development 1992

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH56057. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

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