Commodore Innovations
Reproduced April 7 2002 with permission from Burt of the Commodore 64 Dungeon
Graphics and text appended by Ian Matthews summer 2002

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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

- 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

- 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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