Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Análisis Palm MyUAE, the Amiga emulator for PalmOS

The amount of existing emulators for PalmOS is certainly impressive. We have seen as a result of these programs can play in our Palm to games consoles from Nintendo and Sega , or use the PDA as a high-end HP scientific calculator . But there are many emulators most historically famous platforms, as we saw in this extensive list of emulators for PalmOS . And one of these platforms is the Amiga .

Amiga 500, el equipo más vendido de la familia Amiga
Amiga 500, the team's best selling Amiga family

Friend is a family of personal computers developed Amiga Corporation. Development of the Amiga began in 1982, and Commodore International introduced the machine to the market in 1985, after buying the Amiga Corporation. Interestingly, the developers chose the name "Friend" precisely because the Spanish word (female companion).

The code name for what would be the first Amiga 1000 was "Lorraine" with Motorola MC68000 microprocessor at 7.14 MHz, 768Kb of RAM (expandable to up to 8 Mb) and 256Kb ROM. The machine featured a own chipset with advanced audio and video capabilities, and a pre-emptive conmultitarea operating system (now known as AmigaOS).

Although the motorola processor is 32 bits, the first models used an Amiga external data bus of 16 bits, so it was considered a 16-bit machine as the Atari ST. Later models of Amiga, based on newer, PowerPC processors or even 68k, yes were 32 bits.

Friend was a big leap forward from the 8-bit computers, such as the Commodore 64, and quickly became popular, especially in Europe. It is prominently used in video-related tasks and vision control business, being a cheaper alternative to the PC and Macintosh from the time alternative.

When Commodore went bankrupt in 1994 it still had a very active Amiga community, which continued supporting the platform long after the major vendors abandon. The most popular magazine Amiga, Amiga Format, continued to publish editions until 2000, six years after the demise of Commodore. Interest in the platform is still enough to keep a specialist weekly column in the British magazine Micro Mart.

Currently there is enough demand in the Amiga hardware expansion as there are some manufacturers pequeñaos active. After the disappearance of Commodore, multiple companies have continued to sell new models Friend. Currently, Eyetech sold the Amiga hardware under the AmigaOne brand.

The success of the Amiga was such that people like Andy Warhol or Steven Spielberg's used for his creations . Series like Babylon 5, SeaQuest DSV and Max Headroom had their special effects equipment thanks to Amiga.

There are many websites dedicated to the Amiga, as there are still many users of these teams probably waiting for the release of AmigaOS 4.0 and new equipment Amiga. For example we can highlight Amiga.org , AmigaWorld and Spanish Friend Zone , where in addition to other content, you can download all the games for the Amiga.

Escritorio de AmigaOS, realmente adelantado a su tiempo
Desktop AmigaOS, really ahead of his time

Both lovers of this platform, as those who have never tried one and want to investigate it, can supply the lack of one of these machines using emulators WinUAE or WinFellow . But what interests us today is that there is an excellent PalmOS emulator for Amiga, the MyUAE , creators of the versions of Quake , Doom and Duke Nukem 3D for PalmOS.

Simulador de un F29 corriendo en MyUAE, en una Palm
A simulator running on F29 MyUAE in a Palm

MyUAE admits support for keyboard, mouse and virtual joystick, can save and restore, and has sound (although this is an area that is improving). Need PalmOS 5.x (ARM processor) and a lot of dynamic memory (UDMH). It has been successfully tested on the Tungsten T3, Zodiac 1 and Zodiac 2.

We can see the AmigaOS running on a Palm in these videos that a user has recorded and uploaded to YouTube:

In this other video even shows us how haconfigurado UDMH and MyUAE to make everything work perfectly. We can also see the virtual keyboard, which is accurate to a Friend:

It is certainly an achievement to run software written for Amiga on a PC, so make it work on a Palm is something really amazing. Do not miss this chance to try it.

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