Re: CBM C65 and V364 pages

From: Nicolas Welte (
Date: 1999-07-16 22:53:47

Bo Zimmerman wrote:
> Interesting.  So it's a 1581 prototype.  Does this mean that Amiga were the
> actual designers of the 1581?

No, I don't think so. Amiga was taken over in 1985 or earlier, and the
1581 appeared in 1987. The article I have with the prototype pictures is
from May '87. I think the 1581 uses more C128/1571 technology than Amiga
technology. There's a 6502 processor, a burst mode serial bus, a
WD1770/1772 controller, just like in the 1571. The difference is that
the 1581 uses an Amiga type 3,5" drive and the Amiga CIA chip instead of
the C64 CIA. But I never understood how the CIA chips got into the
Amiga. It must be something that Commodore added to the design to make
that game console a real computer ;-) 


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