Amiga 3000

Amiga 3000

Amiga 3000

The Amiga 3000, released in 1990, had the biggest changes to the Amiga product lineup since the release of the original Amiga 1000.  It was the first machine to have System 2 (Commodores name for the release of the combination of Kickstart 2 and Workbench 2), it had a 68030 CPU, it had a built-in SCSI-II interface, the ability to use SVGA monitors without flicker (thanks to the new Amber chip), it had the new, faster Zorro III expansion slots, and even came with the first high-density floppy drive for the Amiga range, able to store 1.76MB on high-density 3.5″ flopy disks, as well as read and write standard high-density MS-DOS and Apple Macintosh 3.5″ floppy disks.

CPU: Motorola 68030 @ 16MHz or 68030 @ 25MHz
Chip RAM: Standard 1024K
Expandable to 2048K
Maximum resolution: 1448×482 (NTSC)
1448×556 (PAL)
16 colour maximum in resolutions above 384 pixels wide.
4 colour maximum in screenmodes above 724 pixels wide, available colour palette in this case is not the full 16x16x16 = 4096 one, instead R G B components can only be selected in 4 levels resulting in a reduced 4 x 4 x 4 = 64 colours (from full black to full white) palette.*
Kickstart versions: Early production versions used either a 1.4beta Kickstart Disk and/or a Kickstart file stored on the hard disk.
Later production units had a normal Kickstart 2.0 ROM.
Workbench version: 1.3
2.0
Total RAM: 2MB, made up of 1Mb Chip RAM and 1Mb Fast RAM
(expandable to 18MB with the addition of an additional 1024K of Chip RAM and 16Mb of Fast RAM)
Price in 1990:
(US Dollars)

Documentation:
Introducing the Commodore Amiga 3000
Amiga Release 2 Getting Started
Using the System Software V2.05
A3000 System Schematics

Amiga 3000 technical documents by Dave Haynie

 

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