The A3000 is a powerhouse in comparison to previous Amiga, it was sold as a high-end graphics workstation. For a time it was used by W Industries as the basis of their highly acclaimed Virtuality machines. At the heart of the A3000 was the powerful 68030 (described in ST/Amiga Format as a ‘mainframe on a chip’). In addition the A3000 was the first Amiga to feature the new Kickstart 2 upgrade and Zorro III slots.
To emphasis the A3000s capabilities as a high-end workstation, two operating systems were included:
The first was the newly released Kickstart/Workbench 2. This was unusual by the fact that Kickstart was stored on the hard disk rather than in ROM. This was similar to the A1000 that required Kickstart to be loaded from floppy disk before anything else could be done.
The second OS to be included with the A3000 was the Unix System (SVR4) V operating system. This allowed the use of the Unix graphical interface, X Windows and Open Look. It also came with standard networking capabilities (probably a first for Commodore), such as TCP/IP, NFS and RFS for networking between different operating systems. In a bizarre twist, the Unix OS was sold on a magnetic tape rather than floppy disk.
CPU 68030 at 16 or 25 Mhz
FPU 68881-16Mhz or 68882-25Mhz
Custom Chips Denise – 8373 SuperDenise
Agnus – 8372B Agnus for 2 meg CHIP RAM
Amber – De-interlacing chip to provide 31KHz video
SuperBuster -07, -09 and -11
SuperDMAC -02, -04
Ramsey -04 and -07
Video ECS (4096 colors)
Kickstart 1.3 and 2.04