Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The amount of existing emulators for PalmOS is certainly impressive. We have seen through these programs can play in our Palm to games consoles from Nintendo and Sega , or use the PDA as a scientific calculator HP high-end . But there are many more emulators platforms historically famous, as we have seen in this extensive list of emulators for PalmOS . And one of these platforms is the Amiga .
Amiga 500, the team's best selling family friend
Friend is a family of personal computers developed Amiga Corporation. Amiga development began in 1982, Commodore International introduced the machine on the market in 1985 after buying the Amiga Corporation. Interestingly, the developers chose the name "Friend" precisely because the Spanish word (female partner).
The code name for what would be the first Amiga 1000 was "Lorraine" with a Motorola MC68000 microprocessor to 7.14 MHz, 768Kb of RAM (expandable to up to 8 Mb) and 256Kb ROM. The machine equipping its own chipset with advanced audio and video capabilities, and a pre-emptive conmultitarea operating system (now known as AmigaOS).
Although Motorola processor is 32 bits, the first Amiga models using external data bus of 16 bits, so it was considered a 16-bit machine as the Atari ST. Later models of Amiga, based on more modern, or PowerPC processors 68k, yes were 32 bits.
Friend was a big leap forward from the computers of 8 bits, for example, the Commodore 64, and quickly became popular, mainly in Europe. It is prominently used for video-related vision and business control tasks, being a cheaper alternative to the PC and Macintosh from the time alternative.
When Commodore went bankrupt in 1994, there was still a very active Amiga community, which continued supporting the platform long after the abandon major vendors. The most popular magazine Amiga, the Amiga Format, continued to publish editions until 2000, six years after the demise of Commodore. Interest in the platform is still sufficient to maintain a specialized weekly column in British magazine Micro Mart.
Currently there is sufficient demand in Amiga hardware expansion to that there are some manufacturers pequeñaos active. After the disappearance of Commodore, many new companies have continued to sell the Amiga models. Currently, Eyetech Amiga hardware sold under the brand AmigaOne.
The success of Amiga was such that people like Andy Warhol or the Steven Spielberg used for his creations . Series like Babylon 5, SeaQuest DSV or Max Headroom had special effects teams thanks to Amiga.
There are many websites dedicated to the Amiga, as there are still many users of these teams hoping the likely launch of the Amiga OS4.0 and new equipment. 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.
Desktop AmigaOS, really ahead of his time
Both lovers of this platform, as those who have never tried one and want to investigate, can compensate for the lack of one of these machines using the emulator WinUAE or WinFellow . But what interests us today is that there is excellent Amiga emulator for PalmOS, the MyUAE , creators versions of Quake , Doom and Duke Nukem 3D for PalmOS.
A simulator running on MyUAE F29 in a Palm
MyUAE admits support for keyboard, mouse and virtual joystick, can save and restore, and has sound (though this is an issue that is being improved). You Need PalmOS 5.x (ARM processor) and a lot of dynamic memory (UDMH). It has been tested successfully on Tungsten T3, Zodiac 1 and Zodiac 2.
We can see the AmigaOS running on a Palm in these videos a user has recorded and uploaded to YouTube:
In this other video even shows us how haconfigurado UDMH and MyUAE so that everything works perfectly. We can also see the virtual keyboard which is accurate to a Friend:
It is certainly an achievement to run software written for the Amiga PC, so make it work on a Palm is something really incredible. Do not miss this chance to try.