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A BACKWARD GLANCE AT FORWARD THINKING.

In 1990, Commodore released the Amiga 3000, to its customers. It was a 32-bit system, with a MC-68030 and the ECS chipset, and was launched in the UK for £3300. The A3000 came with KickStart 2.0, and featured an onboard SCSI controller and Zorro-III slots. It was also available on a tower model, as the A3000T, and as a UNIX model, the A3000UX. A flicker-fixer was included, which enabled the machine to drive traditional MultiSync monitors and eliminate flicker in interlaced screen modes. These features contributed to the A3000 being known as the "Super Amiga".

The A500+ was also released in 1990. This machine was a European-only model. It also included Workbench 2.0 and ECS graphics mode. Unfortunately, the A500+ didn't get the attention that Commodore hoped for, and didn't offer much over the Amiga 500 for potential upgraders.

Both systems had graphic modes supporting higher resolutions at the expense of color (up to 1470x580 in four colors). KickStart 2.0 itself occupied 512KB ROM. Version 1.3 was just 256KB, but there was less backward compatibility. The compatibility problem was not directly Commodore's fault, as early Amiga software programmers had exploited undocumented behavior in Kickstart 1.3 that was not present in 2.0.

Workbench 2.0 was better looking, was more stable, and had several other clever improvements over 1.3. Unlike previous versions, the Kickstart OS was stored on the hard drive.

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