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Commodore InnovationsCommodore PET & More From 1983 Catalog
Reproduced April 7 2002 with permission from Burt of the Commodore 64 Dungeon
Graphics and text appended by Ian Matthews summer 2002

The following is a list of Commodore innovations:

  • 1st single board microcomputer - MOS KIM-1 (Commodore bought MOS tech within 6 months of KIM being released) and not the Apple Kit!

  • Best selling computer in History (even today in 2003)- The Commodore 64 sold 30 million records and is in the Guinness Book of Records.

  • 1st 1 million plus unit selling computer (VIC-20)

  • 1st computer company to make $1 Billion dollars in Sales

  • 1st multimedia computer (Amiga)

  • 1st computer to have coprocessors (SuperPET)

  • 1st true-multitasking system was Commodore Amiga not Apple!

  • 1st mulitasking OS (Amiga)

  • 1st portable (notebook) color computer - SX64

  • 1st company to develope the DMA bus

  • 1st portable hand-held calculator

  • 1st LCD Display Golden Commodore 64

  • 1st company to define the word "multimedia"

  • 1st Digital Sine-Cosine generator

  • 1st and only computer (Amiga) that can display multiple screens at different resolutions on a single monitor.

  • 1st Computer used by average people (non-computer people) (Commodore 64)

  • 1st Fluorecent Light Dimming Switch

  • 1st Fluidtight doors opening/closing device

  • 1st CD-ROM Video Game Machine

  • 1st I/O to storage adressing and architechture scheme

  • 1st CD-ROM Error Control scheme (cirs)

  • 1st Joystick controller Commodore / MOS KIM1

  • 1st Sitdown style videogame controller

  • 1st mulitple linked video game controllers

  • 1st Raster Monitor for video graphic displays

  • 1st and only computer graphic subsystem that allows multiple bitplanes and bitdepths available on the screen at the same time

  • 1st Sound Interface Chip - SID6581

  • 1st company to develope the video/digital to/from analog convertor

  • 1st company to develop "plug and play"

  • 1st Object Oriented OS (Amiga)

  • 1st hardware blitter objects (Amiga)

  • 1st computer to have "genlock graphics" and overscan

SOURCES: Delphion Homepage  The patent place/intelectual property page listing

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