Sanyo CD-X prototype (Amiga 500 + CD-ROM) is a Unknown gem in Amiga history

Before Amiga CDTV was released by Commodore and Before Amiga A570 drive was released as a CDTV solution for Amiga 500. Something was going on in Japan. It wasn’t easy finding all of the details about this Sanyo CD-X Amiga Clone, but we digged deep. So deep that we finally managed to create an article.

Sanyo CD-X prototype (Amiga 500 + CD-ROM)

Sanyo CD-X (Commodore Amiga Clone)

This Amiga was made by Century Research Center that simulates science and tSanyo CD-X prototype (Amiga 500 + CD-ROM)echnology with supercomputers and makes CD-ROMs Research Institute. The Sanyo CD-X was made as a machine that can play the CD-ROM made here at a low price, and was developed to be used for department store presentation, for example. Mainly Nakamura, and SANYO cooperated in the production of this prototype clone of the Commodore Amiga 500 with CD-ROM in 1989.

This information has been circulating on Twitter for some time now.
Sanyo CD-X prototype (Amiga 500 + CD-ROM)Apparently this machine was the predecessor of the Commodore Amiga CDTV (Commodore Dynamic Total Vision), which at the time (1991) rivaled the Philips CD-i, Pioneer LaserActive and Tandy Video Information System.
We tried to get more information about this machine, but we did not succeed.

As far as I am aware Commodore had nobody in charge of or even talking with anybody in the Far East So I am certain we missed many collaborative opportunities -David Pleasance

It’s curious that personalities like sir David Pleasance, sir Dave Haynie or sir Jeff Porter are unaware of this prototype. But we managed to digg out some important information.

Sanyo CD-X prototype (Amiga 500 + CD-ROM)

Almost no one knows about what Amiga is in Japan

As we know, the Amiga situation in Japan was really not active even during the Commodore years. The only smaller link that the machine had was when 3DO got released as computer magazines in Japan actually mentioned Amiga at that time. Today it is even harder to find any Amiga information in Japan. However, in the electronical part of Tokyo, there is one Amiga 500 on display.

Translation from Japanese to English published July 9, 2018: Commodore 16 bit computer “Amiga 500” is demonstrating operation, RGB cable for Amiga also released. Not For sale its on display in a shop, Ahihabra, Japan. Link: Ahihabra retro store with Amiga 500 on display in Tokyo -Eric O Flores Dave Haynie Facebook page

Like many others without bigger clue. Amiga was always a 32-bit machine because of AmigaOS been always a 32-bit operating system.

For example, the original Motorola 68000 had a 16-bit data ALU and a 16-bit external data bus, but had 32-bit registers and a 32-bit based instruction set. Such designs were sometimes referred to as “16/32-bit”. -Wikipedia

AmigaOS always used the 32-bit part. Thus you can always say that Amiga was a 32-bit machine. Yes even Amiga 1000, Amiga 2000 and Amiga 500 too, even though that they used Original Chip Set by Commodore. If a game or app is coded after AmigaOS standards. You can run the same app or game from AmigaOS on 68000 as on 68060 or on 68080 FPGA accelerated Amiga setups.

If you have more information about this prototype, please leave it in the comments.


Source: David Pleasance, Dave Haynie Facebook page, Wikipedia, Eric O Flores, Ahihabra
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