Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Nov 2016 23:48 UTC, submitted by AmixG5
Amiga & AROS

Based on VS1063 chip, it can playback many music formats in full 16-bit 48Khz audio and additionally mix with the Amiga's native Paula sound. When it is decoding and playing back a MPEGA audio file or various other formats, it frees up the Amiga to do other things. An MHI driver is supplied with the card for AmigaAmp and other various music playing software.

I'm continually amazed by the Amiga community.

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RE: PCs are left alone?
by AmixG5 on Thu 3rd Nov 2016 09:26 UTC in reply to "PCs are left alone?"
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Yes it is. Because such cards releases preasure on CPU. They also deliver better sound in my opinion. Even with a 3GHz PC, multitasking can sometimes be a problem. Especially if a browser uses all of the CPU power. Then the music playing wouldnt affect also. So, its good for all kinds of MHz and GHz.

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RE[2]: PCs are left alone?
by leech on Thu 3rd Nov 2016 20:26 in reply to "RE: PCs are left alone?"
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That has always been why the Amiga has been a powerful platform, not everything had to pass through the CPU. Offload stuff to dedicated processors for that! For the longest time the generic intel based systems only did the CPU, granted they also only made the CPU chipset, so it kind of makes sense they would want to sell bigger/faster CPUs to handle the load.

It probably was mostly the kick off to the 3d era where both the Atari and Amiga failed and the dedicated hardware for Intel systems really pushed the need for things to be ran outside of the CPU.

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RE[3]: PCs are left alone?
by tylerdurden on Fri 4th Nov 2016 00:06 in reply to "RE[2]: PCs are left alone?"
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The amiga did have an edge during a short while during its heyday in terms of multimedia during the 80s. But it was well before the 3D era that the Amiga had fell off the wagon; The PC surpassed the Amiga's chipset in terms of performance and capabilities by the time SoundBlaster and VGA were out.

Ironically the Amiga's chipsets and OS ended up being a dead end kludge in terms of scalability, Commodore was never able to properly expand/advance the platform.

Edited 2016-11-04 00:08 UTC

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