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GVP A530

Amiga 1000 Expansion

expansion expansion

Amiga A500/2000 Expansion

SupraRAM SupraRAM SupraRAM

Hard Drive Expansions

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Commodore A590

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A1200 PCMCIA Hard Drive


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A570 A570 caddy

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Commodore A570 CD-ROM

Hardware Expansion

Ham-E Blackbelt

The Ham-E Black Belt

A 24-bit system for the A500 which uses a regular
1084 Monitor, compatible with software of the time
and comes with its own paint program and image
processing system. HAM-E like HAM is a clever `trick`
that persuades the Amiga to show many more colours ,
256 from 16 million in standard `Register`
mode or about 256,000 colours in HAM-E mode offering
an extended version of ordinary HAM.

So how does it do it. HAM-E is based on a very simple
trick, it uses a hi-res display inside the computer
(640 x 256 non-interlace) but actually displays each
pair of pixels as just one pixel, to give an apparently
low resolution.

The hardware controls the display by examining the first
few pixels of the image, over four to eight scan-lines.
If it finds the right combination of colours at the top-
left corner of the image HAM-E is triggered.

Comes with Register Paint and Image Professional and in
its day cost 300 from Black Belt Systems.

Check out Amiga Format Issue 27 for October 1991

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