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Old 24 February 2012, 00:24   #56
mc6809e
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Originally Posted by Thorham View Post
On machines for the consumer market, yes. Preemptive multitasking is of course much older than the Amiga, and so are quite a few of it's features. AOS is only innovative as a consumer OS (probably ).
But before the blitter, though, on previous machines weren't most bit blits handled directly by the CPU or some special circuit that worked together with the CPU? I think the blitter might have been an original feature.

It's a real shame that development on the blitter wasn't continued. Todays GPUs are a logical extension of the blitter. Commodore could have put the Amiga on a PC card and owned the graphics acceleration market. That foot-in-the-door might have even put the Amiga's OS in a position to displace the offerings of Microsoft.
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