The Amiga is a family of personal computers that were developed by Commodore International in the 1980s and 1990s. The first Amiga model, the Amiga 1000, was introduced in 1985 and it quickly gained a reputation for its advanced graphics and sound capabilities, which were well ahead of its time.
The Amiga 1000 was followed by several other models, including the Amiga 500, which was released in 1987 and became one of the most successful home computers of the 1980s. The Amiga 500 was followed by the Amiga 2000, which was targeted at the professional market, and the Amiga 600, which was targeted at the home market.
The Amiga 500 was a best-selling home computer in Europe and was particularly popular in the United Kingdom, where it outsold the Commodore 64. It was also popular in Germany and other parts of Europe. The Amiga was known for its advanced graphics and sound capabilities, which made it a popular choice for home users, gamers, and professional users.
Commodore went bankrupt in 1994 and the Amiga was subsequently acquired by Escom AG, a German computer manufacturer. Escom continued to produce Amiga computers for a short time, but the company went bankrupt in 1997, and the Amiga brand was subsequently acquired by Gateway 2000, an American computer manufacturer. Gateway 2000 briefly produced Amiga computers, but the brand was eventually retired in the early 2000s.
However, the Amiga community continues to be active and there are still enthusiasts and developers who continue to create new software and hardware for the platform. Nowadays, there are even some new Amiga-compatible computers and operating systems being developed by third-party companies, keeping the legacy of the Amiga alive.
The name "Amiga" was chosen by the team of engineers who developed the first Amiga computer at Commodore International. The word "Amiga" is Spanish for "female friend" or "girlfriend", it was chosen because the engineers wanted to create a computer that would be a "friend" to its users. The name was chosen to evoke a sense of companionship and to convey the idea that the computer was a tool that could be used to create, share and enjoy entertainment.
The "Amiga" name was first used on the Amiga 1000, which was released in 1985. The name was carried over to all subsequent models of the Amiga computer, including the Amiga 500, Amiga 2000, and Amiga 600.
The name "Amiga" has been used by various companies over the years. The rights to the Amiga name were initially owned by Commodore International, which went bankrupt in 1994. The rights to the name were then acquired by Escom AG, a German computer manufacturer, which also went bankrupt in 1997. The rights to the name were then acquired by Gateway 2000, an American computer manufacturer, which briefly produced Amiga computers before retiring the brand.
The name "Amiga" has been trademarked by various companies over the years, but it is currently controlled by Amiga, Inc. which is a company that provides support, development and licensing of the Amiga brand.