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A-EON Readies New Amiga Computer

'Amiga'. Just to say the name brings back wonderful childhood memories for me as I wiled away (far too many) hours playing the likes of Kick Off 2, North and South, Lotus Turbo Challenge, Populous and Xenon 2, but could it really make a comeback? A-EON certainly hopes so...

The company, which owns the 'AmigaOne' trademark for selling compatible Amiga hardware, has announced the 'X1000' - the first new Amiga computer in over five years. Promoted as a 25th anniversary upgrade to the original Amiga 1000, it is a sizeable (and naturally necessary) step up from its predecessor's 7.09MHz CPU, 32 colour 320 x 200 pixel graphics and 256KB of memory.

Instead what the X1000 brings to the table is a dual-core 1.8GHz PPC RISC CPU, ATI Radeon R700 graphics, 2GB RAM, a 500GB HDD, 7.1 channel audio and a 22x DVD drive. There are also up to 10 USB 2.0 ports and 2x PCIe x16 along with Gigabit Ethernet. On top of this is 'Xorro' a customised PCIe x8 slot which can directly influence the X1000's CPU.

As standard a 'Xena' programmable 500MHz board is slotted into Xorro to boost system performance, but it is hoped further boards will be developed in future to help the X1000 stay reasonably future proof.

As with all AmigaOne computers, the last of which was the 2004-2005 'Micro-A1 -C' made by licensee Eyetech (yeah, we missed it too), the X1000 will run Amiga Workbench. Remarkably, the OS is still being steadfastly maintained to this day and v4.1 was launched in January this year. I'll admit to knowing little about any Amiga OS since my 1.0 days, but on the outside it does look surprisingly good and has more than a hint of Mac OS X going on.

So can A-EON really stage an Amiga revival? I'd say the odds are extremely long - particularly without a modern laptop as well to provide some mobile continuity. That said, it would take a cold heart not to want to see Amiga rumble on as a niche product and - if prices can be kept reasonable - there seems no reason why A-EON's X1000 can't achieve that.



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April 19, 2010, 8:02 pm

Im almost 20 but to me the "Amiga" rings a bell that's about it really.

What OS is it using (sorry if i missed it in the article) but to me that looks pretty basic at best, even by today's standard the only thing remote better than the average PC is 10 USB's and a 7.1 surround sound. Everything else cheap laptops look better =S

Correct me if im wrong but i have barely heard of Amiga im too young ^^


April 19, 2010, 8:13 pm

I go into your questions in the article Kieran, so best read that rather than ask ;)

I suspect the new X1000 isn't designed to draw users en masse from their PCs and Macs, but more to service a niche crowd (and make me yearn for my childhood!).


April 19, 2010, 8:26 pm

Well, I'm 30 and the Amiga defined the computing experience of my childhood... I would love it if it could make a comeback. But I agree with the review, it looks a loooong shot... But if it was shipped with almost the entire Amiga back catalogue then it would look nice...


April 19, 2010, 8:31 pm

Ah yeh I see it now, missed it on the first read through a little bland "Workbench" sounds more like a builders tool than anything to do with software :/

But I guess your right about being aimed at a niche crowd will have to wait and see what its like when it is released then.


April 19, 2010, 8:38 pm


It's beeeautifullll!


April 19, 2010, 8:57 pm

I loved my Amiga 500, and as much as it pains me to say this... This isnt gonna work.

What made the Amiga special? Superb sound, graphics, games, multitasking. It was just years ahead of its time. Unless this new incarnation has "DX12" equivalent graphics and High Def sound and the software to support it, well, Amiga will remain dead to the masses.

Its for the niche alright.. such a tiny niche.


April 19, 2010, 8:59 pm

On another note, what would it take to make this a success? By that I mean going beyond being a mere niche product?

Clearly, having sufficient processing and graphics power to compete with the console market would be a must.

If Workbench could be good enough to compete with osX then all the better.

But one of the things that made the amiga great was the community of enthusiast game programmers outside the main software houses. If they could produce a machine that was easy(ish) to write games for they could inspire a whole new generation of games coders.


April 19, 2010, 9:57 pm

Hey Gordon, thouroughly enjoyed reading about this! At the grand old age of 31 my first ever computer was the Amiga 500 'Screen Gems' pack in 1989 and I too am nostalgic about this brand but do you not think sometimes its best to leave these wondering memories just as they are, memories and not try to revive a 'dead legend'.

The Amiga had its day and was awesome and there is nothing worse than seeing the name being used by people who no doubt had nothing to do with the original brand.....a bit like Atari is these days

Paul 7

April 19, 2010, 10:05 pm

Considering i've yet to see any PC scroll the Marquee screen saver half as well as an A500 running Pinball Fantasies..... I'll be keeping an eye out for one!


April 19, 2010, 10:28 pm

As long as it can play Sensi World of Soccer, and I can use my Zipstick Joystick with it, then I'll be happy :)


April 19, 2010, 11:08 pm

I remember getting my Amiga 500 Batman pack, way back in the day. That was great, but when I got the Amiga 1200, with a built in 80Mb (Yes Mb not Gb!) and an external CD drive, I knew computing had arrived!

I used to love it, so much software and little else to compare it to. Imagine 3d or Real 3d, Vista (Nothing to do with Windows), Octamed sound studio, Wordworth, AMOS games creation software.......

And games; Alien Breed were stunningly good and Cannon Fodder was even better; just damn good fun.

Bring it back! Reading the A-EON.com web site, it sound like they've got some cool things going on and I for one am going to keep an eye on things!


April 19, 2010, 11:59 pm

Wouldn't it be better to eschew hardware altogether and have this as a OS that could run either as a native program or in a VM of sorts. I imagine all modern PCs have the power (and more) to run any old Amiga games. I cannot see many people going out and spending hundreds of pounds on a machine aimed at playing old games. But say $50 to install an emulator and then play some games from their youth and you might have a chance.

You know if you could install Amiga OS on your laptop and it came with some games an there was an online App Store for the rest then I think a lot of people would be interested.


April 20, 2010, 12:27 am

They better stop it with all this nostalgia crap. I might start yearning for the future instead. Yes C64 was my first, Amiga was my upgrade, and yes it was a fantastic machine for the time. However M$ won out. Leave it and that and move on... I don't yearn for VHS, so what's the point?


April 20, 2010, 1:16 am

@HK - There's already a very good Amiga Emulator for the PC called WinUAE: http://www.winuae.net/

Then you just need an Amiga ROM which you can get legally from Amiga Forever for under $50: http://www.amigaforever.com/

Or if you want to get it illegally just do a Google search for it. Of course, you get the latest AmigaOS with the new Amigas. Although if you just want to play Sensi or Cannon Fodder, emulation will more then suffice.

Robert 11

April 20, 2010, 1:47 am

I started out my computer career with Amiga, it taught me that anything was possible, that all I had to do was dream and I could make that dream reality. It was so far ahead of it's competitors.

This new thing that brings up the Amiga name (AmigaOne X1000) is an insult to that memory. It's OS is out of date, it has no applications, it's low powered and doesn't do anything I can't already do better on a PC or Mac. This is just a mockery of the Amiga name. Nothing to see here folk, please move along.


April 20, 2010, 4:08 am

@HK - How does &#836429.95 for an Amiga emulator, Workbench & 100+ games sound:


All completely legal too. No App Store though. (Sorry for sounding like an advert)

Tony Walker

April 20, 2010, 11:17 am

RISC OS for the Acorn Archimedes is still being developed.

British OS, British Computer, British CPU. And they were brilliant.

Unfortunately they were the Betamax against the VHS of PCs.


April 20, 2010, 12:54 pm

I loved my Amiga 600. I used to love the Microprose simulations, I spent my childhood playing them!

Ahh, the memories!


April 20, 2010, 6:29 pm

I had C64, Amiga 500, a Amiga 1200 and a 4000 - I think I will buy the (Clanto)Amiga Forever Package (I even had Clanto's Personal Paint ;-)),

I think they the Amiga OS people have made a mistake - The Modern PC is like an Amiga ala Custom Processors - i.e. Custom Graphics, Sound, etc

They should as soon a poss. Recode the Amiga OC to run on Intel/AMD processors and I would buy it without thinking!

Or they should change direction and make the Amiga OS for Mobile systems say like snap dragon procesors or something

And Get back to what the Amiga did best Like Multimedia i.e. give it an edge.

what they doing now is a just milking the Brand with a mediocre product that can not really compete with WinXP or BeOS even nevermind linux or Win7 MACOSX systems.


April 20, 2010, 10:53 pm

<in the style of monty python>

Luxury - I used to come home before I got up, after going down pit for 800 hours without any food or water - and still had to prop up the 16k ram pack for my zx81 so that the 20 minute load time for 3d monster maze wouldn't be wasted by the dreaded "ram pack wobble"

You youngsters don't know you're born .....


April 21, 2010, 2:30 am

@Castalan - Hehe, reminds me of the 11 disk shuffle I had to perform, whenever I used to play Monkey Island 2 on my Amiga. Ooh, I remember getting an external floppy drive - what a luxury! Bring back long game loading times, preferably with flashing loading screens too :)


July 20, 2010, 2:55 am

How can this be described as anything even like an Amiga? I programmed the machine in assembly language which involved directly controlled the hardware. Has the ATI graphics chip got dual playfields or sprite engines and is it controlled by a copper list, which could be wonderfully involved? And what about the BLITTER, truly a programmers friend. Why have they opted for a RISC chip, the 680x0 wasn't of that ilk. Seems that everything they are trying to do can be done by software emulation on a reasonably powerful PC.


July 28, 2010, 5:17 am

okay I think I may have been overly harsh about this new machine being mediocre. But I would like to see what all those bay transputers are capable of...


April 16, 2011, 6:04 am

You will see some similarities between Amiga OS and OS X since OS X is based on UC Berkeley's UNIX and Amiga OS is a direct derivative of UNIX and stays pretty close to it. The Amiga blows away WinBlows systems because of superior preemptive multitasking with reassignable program priorities. Also it uses less system resources. Before it quit working I was using my A3000 with 68030 25MHz processor with math coprocessor and 16 MB of RAM to surf the World Wide Web. Even up to OS3.9 never used more than 8MB of Harddrive space for the whole operating system, never used more than half of my 50MB harddrive. I hear 4.1 uses more harddrive space though.

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