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Dave Needle
Born(1947-12-17)December 17, 1947
DiedFebruary 20, 2016(2016-02-20) (aged 68)
OccupationHardware engineer

David Lewis Needle (December 17, 1947 – February 20, 2016) was an American computer engineer. He was a key engineer and co-chief architect in the creation of the Amiga 1000 computer with Jay Miner, Dave Morse, and RJ Mical. He was one of the main designers and developers of the custom chips of the Amiga computer. Later he co-invented the Atari Lynx[1] and the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer with Morse and Mical.[2]

A 1995 article in Next Generation commented: "It's true that of the machines that Mical and Needle have created, only the Amiga has been a true global mass market hit ... But it's only fair to put forward the argument that this is down to the marketing of the machines rather than the quality of the product."[3]

Dave Needle died on February 20, 2016.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Retroinspection: Atari Lynx". NOW Gamer. January 22, 2009. Archived from the original on March 16, 2012. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
  2. ^ Kohler, Chris (2005) Retro Gaming Hacks, ISBN 0-596-00917-8, p. 215
  3. ^ "75 Power Players: Back at the Lab...". Next Generation (11). Imagine Media: 73. November 1995.
  4. ^ Kerr, Chris (February 22, 2016). "Amiga engineer and Atari Lynx co-creator, Dave Needle, passes away". Gamasutra. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  5. ^ "David Needle Obituary - Alameda, California -". March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 22, 2017.