AmigaWalker (A2400)


Also known as the Mind Walker was Escoms attempt to bring the Amiga a much needed upgrade, developed from late 1995 to 1996 it was was mostly based on exiting Amiga technology, with a the usual custom ship set from the AGA line up, puala, etc. Escom had just go the A1200 and A4000 back in production and back in the shops, but the problem was these computers where now 4 years old and most computers at the time you started to expect a hard drive and a CD-Rom drive these things still did come with the Amiga as standard. So escom decided rather than spend two or three years developing a whole new computer and OS on all new hardware better to give the Amiga a quick sensible upgrade that would support legacy Amiga hardware and be the in between for the next generation of Amigas. The Walker was first shown at CES 1996 and got quite a bit of interest in the Amiga world, it was a very sensible next step, it was due for the end of the year, but already at the time of the Walker revealed, Escom was having finical difficulty, expanding too quickly, and consequentially went backup.

The Design

The design of the Walker was quite radical and unique for a computer in the 90s, with it needing a hard drive, CD-Rom and better expandability options the usual all in one keyboard design was thrown out. The Amiga community at the time was a little hard on the designing saying it looked like a hoover, I personally all way like the design and I think the test of time really hold up on it, even today I think it better designed than most mini Computer towers you can buy. It was a bold design for Escom but I think it was a good one to keep it different from a standard PC box. Below are picture of the Amiga Walker

I have also done a 3d model in Google SketchUp program, which you can view and download here


It was also to be based on the Motorola 68x series. It would feature a 68030 running at 25Mhz, a FPU 68882 running at 25Mhz, it would still include legacy hardware like the Pulua chip and AGA chip sets. Below are some shots of the Motherboard.


What might have been?

If the Walker had come out I think it would have been a difficult computer to market, it was going to be a lot pricer than an A1200 yet still cheaper than your average PC at the time, it was still clearly aimed a home computer not a business machine you could tell by the design. However it would have been up ageist Playstation and N64 in the gaming market and then more powerful games on the PC and the one thing the Walker spec did lack was 3D grunt, a GFX upgrade would have to been a proity, saying that however the spec would have been just enough to run games like Doom, Myst, TFX etc and perhaps Theme Hospital, Z, Command and Conquer could of also ran on it, even in they the specs are enough to run Quake, a bit 1fps, but lets just say it would have been difficult to keep up with gaming. Serious side well a hard drive as standard would of made the Amiga seem a much better serious computer to home users, Wordsworth, Photogentics, Ppaint, Datatype, Pagesetter etc would of all benefited from the hd and the extra speed and ram, CD would of cut pricey down a bit on the Amiga too, a big factor as to why A1200 support dryied up so quickly. But then I think the thing that might of made this computer a better success would be the Internet, it was just starting to reach homes around the world at this time on dial up and as proved with Escom surf pack they made for the A1200 that got a lot of attention for being one of the cheapest ways to connect to the net. The walker might have been a great internet computer with enough power under it to get the early days of the Net working very quickly, price would have been key and then there the expandability options, this was also going to be the first Amiga computer you could just buy the motherboard on its own a build your own Amiga. Companies might of made many different configures based on the Walker board for each market, I think if this system had came out the Amiga market would of at least stabilised to what it was in 95.

Further Reading

Below is some scans from Amiga magazine coverage of the Amiga Walker. There was more published in these mags and across many issues, so if you can get some old amiga mags from summer of 1997 for loads more details.


Also amigahistory also contains some interesting information on the events and what the goals of the OS and Gateway where.