- Manufacturer: Commodore Int. / Amiga Technologies GmbH (Escom)
- Type: Home computer
- Released: October 1992
- Discontinued: 1996 (Demise of Escom)
- OS: AmigaOS 3.0-3.1 (Software upgrades for 3.5-3.9)
- CPU Motorola 68EC020 @ ~14 MHz
- Memory: 2 MB - upgradable by further: 8 MB internally (256 MB with CPU upgrade) and 4 MB in PCMCIA slot
- Predecessor: Amiga 600
- ROM: 512 KB Kickstart
- Chipset: AGA (Advanced Graphics Architecture)
- Palette: 24-bit (16.8 million colors)
- Resolution:: 320×256 to 1504x576i overscan (PAL)
- On-screen colors: Up to 256 colors in index mode, 262,144 colors in HAM-8 mode
- Audio: 4 × 8-bit PCM channels (stereo), 28–56 kHz
- Built-in media: 3.5" floppy drive (880 KB)
- Internal media: 2.5" IDE (ATA) hard drive (optional)
- Expansion slots: 150-pin expansion port (trapdoor), 22-pin clockport
Released 1992: The Amiga 1200, or A1200, is Commodore International’s low-end third-generation Amiga computer, while the A4000, A4000EC and A4000T is the high-end third-generation Amiga computers. A1200 was launched on October 21, 1992, at a base price of £399 in the United Kingdom and $599 in the United States. The A1200 was launched a few months after the Amiga 600 using a similar, slimline design that replaced and overlapped the earlier Amiga 500 Plus and Amiga 500. Whereas the A600 used the 16/32-bit Motorola 68000 of earlier Amigas, the A1200 was built around a more powerful variant, a 32 bit Motorola 68020EC. Physically the A1200 is an all-in-one design incorporating the CPU, keyboard, and disk drives (including the option of an internal 2.5″ hard disk drive) in one unit.
After Commodore’s demise in 1994, production of all Amiga’s was layed down. But production of Amiga 1200 was relaunched by Escom in 1995. The new Escom A1200 was priced at £399, and it came bundled with two games, seven applications and AmigaOS 3.1. It has been criticized for being priced 150 pounds higher than what the Commodore variant had been sold for two years prior. The A1200 was finally discontinued in 1996 as the parent company folded as well.
The A1200 got a number of advantages over earlier low-end Amiga models. It has 32-bit hardware architecture, the 68EC020 CPU is faster than the 68000 and it has 2 MB of RAM built-in. The AGA chipset used in the A1200 is a significant improvement. AGA increases the color palette from 4096 colors to 16.8 million with up to 256 on-screen colors in normal screenmodes, and an improved HAM mode allowing 262,144 on-screen colors. The graphics hardware also features improved sprite capacity and faster graphics performance mainly due to faster video memory. Additionally, compared to its predecessor A600, it offers greater expansion possibilities.
My Amiga 1200, repair and upgrades
68030/50 MHz CPU card (accelerator) for the internal trap-door expansion slot, also adds 64 MB RAM. An 8 GB Compact Flash memory card for internal hard drive, an Compact Flash reader for the PCMCIA port. Makes it vert easy to transfer files from an PC. Also got a WIFI-adapter for the PCMCIA port. Missed the trap-door cover and power supply. Bought a new keyboard. Professionally replaced all the capacitors. Cleaned floppy drive reader head.