- Platform: Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
Low-level emulation of Classic Amiga hardware
Original Amiga OS (running on top of the emulated hardware)
Classic Amiga software (running in the original Amiga OS)
The Amiga emulation and OS components implement Amiga technologies which have been licensed by the Amiga companies for use in Amiga Forever.
Speaking of "emulation", it is sometimes believed that the Amiga OS itself is emulated. This is not the case in Amiga Forever, which includes different versions of the original Amiga OS. On top of this, Amiga Forever includes a multitude of preinstalled application software components.
The Amiga OS consists of a set of original ROM and OS files which run on emulated Amiga hardware. Amiga Forever uses primarily two hardware emulation engines: UAE and Fellow. The Amiga OS files included on Amiga Forever are compatible with various ports of UAE and Fellow, most of which are included on Amiga Forever itself.
It is only the combination of full hardware emulation and original Amiga OS that makes it possible to achieve maximum compatibility with thousands of existing Classic Amiga software applications. Because the emulation software includes the option to adjust the functionality of the emulated CPU (e.g. 68000, 68020, etc.) and custom chips (e.g. OCS, ECS, AGA), compatibility with older programs is often higher than what would be possible with a "real" Amiga.