Commodore Amiga 1000

 Home > Browse Our Collection > Computers > Commodore > Commodore Amiga 1000

The Amiga 1000 is the first in the line of Amiga computers, also known as the A1000. It has a few features that cannot be found on later Amiga models. Firstly it is the only model to have the tick logo on the case. It has a keyboard garage on the underside when not in use.

The inside of the case has the signatures of the 53 designers, along the lines of the Apple Macintosh, one of the designers was Jay Miner, who also had the paw print of his dog Michy.

At this early stage, the Amiga OS was carrying a few bugs, so was not included in ROM, instead there is a separate board with 256K of RAM, called the WCS or Writable Control Store. In to this is the Kickstart or bootable program is loaded, and once there does not need to be reloaded, it is called the WOM, or Write Once Memory, and is then write protected.


Processor Motorola 68000at 7.16 MHz (NTSC) or 7.09 MHz (PAL)
RAM 256 KB of Amiga Chip RAM ; upgradeable to 512 KB by dedicated cartridge; max. 8 MB Fast RAM with external cartridge
ROM 8 KB ROM. 256 KB WCS reserved for OS (loaded from the Kickstart Floppy Disc at power-on)
Chipset Original Chip Set (OCS)
Video 12-bit color palette (4096 colors). Graphic modes with up to 32, 64 (EHB mode; Early NTSC models do not have the EHB mode) or 4096 (HAM mode) on-screen colors:
  • 320×200 to 320×400i (NTSC)
  • 320×256 to 320×512i (PAL)

Graphic modes with up to 16 on-screen colors:

  • 640×200 to 640×400i (NTSC)
  • 640×256 to 640×512i (PAL)
Audio 4× 8-bit PCM channels (2 Stereo channels); 28 kHz maximum DMA Sampling Rate 70 dB S/N Ratio
Removable storage 3.5-inch DD Floppy Disk drive (880 KB capacity)
Audio/video out Analog RGB video out; TV MOD audio/video output (for Amiga RF modulator TV connection); Composite video out (RCA); Audio out (2× RCA)
Input/output ports Keyboard port; 2× mouse/gamepad ports; Centronics style Parallel Port(DB-25M); floppy disk drive port (DB-23F)
Expansion slots 86-pin expansion port
Operating System AmigaOS1 (Kickstart 1.0/1.1/1.2/1.3 and Workbench1.0/1.1/1.2/1.3)


Manufacturer: Commodore
Date: 23rd July 1985

Comment on This Page

Other Systems Related To Commodore Amiga 1000:

Item Manufacturer Date
Commodore PET 3016 Commodore 1977
Commodore PET 2001 Commodore June 1977
Commodore PET 2001 (Blue Label) Commodore June 1977
Commodore PET 2001-32N Commodore June 1978
Commodore PET CBM 3008 Commodore 1979
Commodore PET 3032 Commodore 1979
Commodore PET 8032SK Commodore 1980
Commodore Pet 4032-32N Commodore May 1980
Commodore PET 4008 Commodore May 1980
Commodore SuperPet (SP9000) Commodore 1981
Commodore PET 8096SK Commodore 1981
Commodore VIC-20 Commodore 1981
Commodore VC-20 Commodore 1981
Commodore VIC-20 Commodore 1981
Commodore Pet 8032-32B Commodore 1982
Commodore 64 Commodore August 1982
Commodore PET 8296-D Commodore 1983
Commodore SX-64 (110v US) Commodore 1983
Commodore SX-64 (240V UK) Commodore 1983
Commodore 16 Commodore June 1984
Commodore Plus 4 Commodore June 1984
Commodore 128 Commodore January 1985
Commodore 128D Commodore December 1985
Commodore Amiga A2000 Commodore 1987
Commodore Amiga A500 Class of the 90s Pack Commodore 1987
Commodore PC-I Commodore 1987
Commodore 64 C German Commodore March 1987
Commodore 64 C Hollywood Presents Pack Commodore March 1987
Commodore 64 C Commodore March 1987
Commodore 64 C Terminator 2 Pack Commodore March 1987
Commodore Amiga A500 Plus Commodore April 1987
Commodore 64 C Light Fantastic Pack Commodore March 1989
Commodore Amiga 1500 Commodore 1990
Commodore C286-LT Portable Commodore 1990
Commodore Amiga 1500 (PC Card Configuration) Commodore 1990
Commodore C386SX-LT Commodore 1991
Commodore Amiga A600HD Commodore 1992
Commodore Amiga A600 Commodore March 1992
Commodore Amiga 4000 Commodore October 1992
Commodore Amiga 1200 Commodore 21st October 1992
Commodore Amiga 1200 Commodore 21st October 1992
Commodore Amiga CD32 Commodore September 1993

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH63899. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


Commodore Amiga 1000

Click on the Image(s) For Detail


Help support the museum by buying from the museum shop

View all items

Founding Sponsors
redgate Google ARM Real VNC Microsoft Research
Heritage Lottery Funded
Heritage Lottery Fund
Accredited Museum