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'Jeff Porter realized it would not be possible to significantly cost reduce the Amiga 500 to get it into the $250 retail price range'. They could have cost-reduced the A500 - perhaps even to $250 retail - but they would have had to make some compromises that (thankfully) they weren't willing to do. There were a lot of chips on the board. They needed ...


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Commodore obtained an infusion of cash from Gould, which Tramiel used beginning in 1976 to purchase several second-source chip suppliers, including MOS Technology, Inc., in order to assure his supply.[6] He agreed to buy MOS, which was having troubles of its own, only on the condition that its chip designer Chuck Peddle join Commodore directly as head of ...


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They did, with the A600. But in true late-stage Commodore fashion, they screwed it up and made it more expensive. To cost-reduce an A500, you'd have to reproduce its spec on simpler silicon. The market wasn't interested in an 8 MHz 68000 in 1991/92: the PC had stolen all of the Amiga's thunder at commodity prices. The Amiga's niche silicon was just too ...


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