<company> (CBM) Makers of the PET, Commodore 64, Commodore 16, Commodore 128, and Amiga personal computers. Their logo is a chicken head.
The Commodore name is controlled by Commodore Licensing BV, now a subsidiary of Asiarim. Commodore USA signed an agreement with Commodore Licensing BV.
On 1994-04-29, Commodore International announced that it had been unable to renegotiate terms of outstanding loans and was closing down the business. Commodore US was expected to go into liquidation. Commodore US, France, Spain, and Belgium were liquidated for various reasons. The names Commodore and Amiga were maintained after the liquidation.
After 1994, the rights to the Commodore name bounced across several European companies.
On 1995-04-21, German retailer Escom AG bought Commodore International for $14m and production of the Amiga resumed. Netherlands-based Tulip Computers took over the brand.
Production of the 8-bit range alledgedly never stopped during the time in liquidation because a Chinese company were producing the C64 in large numbers for the local market there.
In 2004, Tulip sold the Commodore name to another Dutch firm, Yeahronimo, that eventually changed its name to Commodore International.
In April 2008 three creditors took the company to court demanding a bankruptcy ruling.
On 2010-03-17, Commodore USA announced that it was to release a new PC in June 2010 which looks very similar to the old Commodore 64 but comes with a Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Pentium D or Celeron D processor and with Ubuntu Linux or Windows 7 installed. PC World article.
Last updated: 2010-09-14
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