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Commodore
CDTV

The Commodore Amiga CDTV is, in a way, the ancestor of the Amiga CD32 game console.

Basically, it is an Amiga 500 with a CDROM drive. It was sold without keyboard or mouse, but it was possible to connect them to the CDTV.
A 3.5" floppy disk drive (800 KB), was developed for this computer.

It was designed to be a home entertainment device, but it was too expensive and only very little software was developed for this machine (Psygnosis made almost all the software for the CDTV).
In fact, a few years later Philips succeeded with its CD-I where Commodore failed.

There were two CDTV models : the CDTV-1 used the Amiga 500 hardware and the CDTV-2 used the Amiga 500+ hardware.

There even has been a prototype developed in 1992 called "CDTV-CR" (for Cost Reduced). Unlike other Amiga CR revisions, the CDTV CR was completely redesigned, utilizing the updated Amiga 600 technology (for more information, visit the Amiga Interactive Guide).

The manager of the team promoting the CDTV was Nolan Bushnell, the man who founded Atari. By strange twist of fate, the man in charge of Atari at the time, was Jack Tramiel, the man who founded Commodore.

NAME  CDTV
MANUFACTURER  Commodore
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  1990
END OF PRODUCTION  1995
KEYBOARD  optional full-stroke professional keyboard
CPU  Motorola MC 68000
SPEED  7.14 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR  Denise (8373 SuperDenise), Paula, Agnus, Gary
RAM  512 KB (later expanded to 1Mb Chip RAM)
ROM  192 KB
TEXT MODES  60 x 32 / 80 x 32
GRAPHIC MODES  several graphic modes, most used : 320 x 240 (32 colors) / 640 x 240 (16 colors)
COLORS  4096
SOUND  four 8 bit PCM voices
SIZE / WEIGHT  430mm W x 330mm D x 95mm H
I/O PORTS  One credit card type slot (to save games scores) , 1 video slot, 1 DMA extension, Mouse & infrared joystick, Parallel, Serial, 15Khz RGB video, External floppy, Stereo RCA Audio jacks (16 bit), Colour composite Video output, MIDI In/Out, Headphone Jack
BUILT IN MEDIA  Internal single speed CDROM (with caddy)
OS  AMIGA DOS, Kickstart: 1.3 (+ additional CD support)
PRICE  699£ (1990, UK)

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