Commodore announces the Amiga A500 & A2000
8th January 1987
Commodore announces the Amiga A500 and Amiga A2000 at the winter Consumer Electronics Show, held in Las Vegas between the 8th and 12th January 1987.
The Amiga A500 was the first popular version of the Amiga home computer. Aimed at the low-end market, it was marketed as a direct competitor to the Atari 520ST.
The Amiga A2000 was the first Amiga model to support internal expansion cards. Aimed at the high-end market, the Amiga 2000 was the most versatile and expandable Amiga model.
Both the A500 and the A2000 were based around the Motorola 68000 processor. The major differences between the two models were the case design and available expansion slots. The A500 housed the keyboard and CPU in one shell, while the A2000 had a desktop case with a separate keyboard. The A2000 provided five Zorro II proprietary expansion slots, two 16-bit and two 8-bit ISA slots, a CPU upgrade slot, a video slot, and a battery-backed clock.
At delivery in 1987, the Amiga 500 was priced at $699, and the A2000 at $2395 with 1 MB RAM and a monitor.
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