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The Commodore years
He started work at Commodore in 1983 as an engineer under Bil Herd. His first project was to help complete the TED systems comprising Plus/4, C16 and more. After completing the Commodore 128 Herd left the company and Haynie was promoted to chief engineer in the low-end group. After Commodore acquired Amiga, Haynie ended up as primary engineer on the expandable A2000 computer. Later, he joined Bob Welland on the A2620 CPU module, and launched the follow-up A2630 the year thereafter. These were delivered in the A2500/20 (1989) and A2500/30 (1989).
He then transferred to advanced projects, working with Bob Raible on the "AA" system (formerly "Pandora"), Commodore's first full 24-bit color computer technology, which led to the A3000+ prototype, and ultimately to A4000 and A1200 computers, Commodore's last commercial efforts. He worked on a system for the Advanced Amiga Architecture chipset, a 64-bit graphic chipset started in 1993. He defined a new system architecture for this, the Acutiator project.
Most of this work, as most of the practical work at Commodore, was terminated by the end of 1993 due to company financial problems. Haynie left Commodore in June 1994, over a month after the bankruptcy. He made a two-hour film of the last days of Commodore, released in 1994, called The Deathbed Vigil and other tales of digital angst.
Driven in part by the experiences of his friends at Amiga, he joined Scala, Inc. The goal there was to advance desktop presentation technology for use on other platforms. Haynie's ability to work on both hardware and software was useful. Scala planned a hardware project, but not initially. He designed Scala's "Class Definition Language" and compiler and some operating system tools that Scala was defining for portable multimedia.
Haynie started an engineering and multimedia company called Frog Pond Media, which indulged his love of digital audio and video studio work.
- Wikipedia DE on Metabox
- Long interview with Dave Haynie (Not in english)
- Carsten Schlote's homepage with details on the Metabox 1000 OS 'CaOS' (Old Link)
- Interview (in Norwegian) with Dave Haynie
- Frog Pond Media
- Deathbed Vigil DVD
- Nomadio, Inc.
- The Dave Haynie Archives
- "On the Edge: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore" ISBN 0-9738649-0-7