Glenn Keller, Commodore Amiga Paula chip designer

"The Guru Mediation" did an interview with Glenn Keller, former engineer at Commodore, designer of the Paula chip, which is responsible for the Amiga's sound capabilities, serial port, and floppy disc drive interface.

Mr. Keller is a very nice guy, it's a pleasure listening to his ancedotes and information. He talks about the early days of Amiga development, the unreleased AAA chipset, and the longevity and revival of the Amiga system, among other topics.

Thanks to "The Guru Mediation" for the interview, and Mr. Keller for taking the time!

USB joypads and joysticks on the X5000

The X5000 benefits from having 6 external USB slots ready for plugging in all sorts of USB 2.0 compatible hardware from memory sticks to USB hubs to multi card readers.

The way I have my  X5000 system set up at the moment is that I always have the mouse and keyboard firmly plugged into one of the USB ports at the back of the machine.  One of the other ports I am using is currently being occupied by this rather neat looking Sandisk multi card reader:

USB joypads and joysticks on the X5000

The X5000 benefits from having 6 external USB slots ready for plugging in all sorts of USB 2.0 compatible hardware from memory sticks to USB hubs to multi card readers.

The way I have my  X5000 system set up at the moment is that I always have the mouse and keyboard firmly plugged into one of the USB ports at the back of the machine.  One of the other ports I am using is currently being occupied by this rather neat looking Sandisk multi card reader:

AmigaKit distributing Vampire Boards

So far, they are only carrying the Vampire v2 for the Amiga 500’s but that is probably the biggest market as there were more 500’s sold than the other models.  Of course, they soldout very fast on the first batch but don’t be surprised to see more available soon.  Target price is about $350USD when I last looked.

Not bad considering this is the fastest Amiga Accelerator (better than a 68060 or even PPC 603/604).  And it comes with a special version of the AGA chipset (SuperAGA/SAGA), and a Picasso96 driver so RTG on the lowly 500 running superfast!

Amiga on the Lake, the lone North American x5000 suppliers, stops selling them

It appears that there was a fallout between Amiga on the Lake the A-EON/AmigaKit. That means there will be no local supplier for North American Amiga customers that want to get hold of the x5000 and a1222 Tabor boards. We will have to go international. As AmigaKit have been sending their stock of x5000 boards out to other distributors, they don’t have any in stock. I wonder what the problem ended up being?

Here is their statement found on their webpage:

Running classic software on the X5000

One of the main questions I get asked about my new machine and indeed any Next Generation Amiga machine (Amigaone XE, Sam 440, Sam 460/Amigaone 500, Pegasos-II or Amigaone X1000) is, does it play all my Amiga software?

The good news is that as this is an Amiga machine, not only will your classic software run, in some cases depending on the type of software you are trying to run, it will even run it in native.

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