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|CED in the History of Media Technology|
Commodore released their first Amiga model, the A1000, in 1985. This machine contained the same Motorola 68000 processor as the Apple Macintosh but was a color machine capable of displaying 32 simultaneous colors from a palette of 4096 colors. The Amiga operating system used a graphical user interface somewhat similar to the Mac and shipped with 256K of RAM which could be expanded. Perhaps the greatest feature of the machine was its multimedia capability achieved by custom hardware that smoothly integrated the computer with television video. The Amiga, like the Mac, has a fervent following even though Commodore went bankrupt in 1994. The Amiga system re-emerged in a virtual machine form in April 2000.