In addition, the Gizmondo and NVIDIA collaboration reflects an industry in constant development, where synergy between leading technology suppliers, platforms and game developers is key to delivering compelling content. The two companies will provide content partners with development kits to enable the creation of next-level handheld content for the console. Gizmondo and NVIDIA plan to distribute up to 500 software development kits throughout the game developer community by the end of first half, 2005.
“The GoForce 3D 4500 is the perfect solution for Gizmondo – NVIDIA has a proven record of delivering the type of products gaming enthusiasts want and working with developers and publishers to enable rich, compelling content,” said Carl Freer, Managing Director, Gizmondo Europe. “We are extremely pleased to work with NVIDIA on this project — Gizmondo’s combination of gaming and multimedia capabilities is going to change the face of mobile gaming.”
“Because of its innovative form-factor, impressive technical specifications and strong feature set, Gizmondo has received a great deal of industry attention this year,” said Glenn Schuster, general manager, handheld products, NVIDIA Corporation. “With the addition of the GoForce 3D 4500 hardware acceleration, Tiger Telematics is ensuring that Gizmondo users will have a no-compromise gaming experience that is as compelling as what can be achieved on any other platform.”
Gizmondo is scheduled for launch in the UK in the fourth quarter this year.
About Gizmondo and GoForce 3D 4500
The GoForce 3D 4500 powered Gizmondo, runs under Microsoft Windows CE.net platform and features a Samsung ARM9 400Mhz processor. The Gizmondo game pad will deliver arcade-quality 3D gaming courtesy of the GoForce 3D 4500’s dedicated geometry processor that offloads the main processor to conserve battery life. High resolution, detailed images are enabled through programmable pixel shaders, bilinear and trilinearA texture filtering, texture compression, support for six simultaneous textures and a 40-bit colour pipeline. With the NVIDIA GoForce 3D 4500’s horsepower, the Gizmondo can boast a 2.8-inch TFT colour screen, as well as a range of functions including multimedia messaging, an MP3 music player, Mpeg4 support, digital still camera functionality and a GPRS network link to allow wide-area network gaming. The GoForce 3D 4500 also supports early Z calculation to reduce the amount of work done on each pixel in a scene, saving battery life while still delivering a jaw-dropping visual experience. Gizmondo and GoForce 3D 4500 support all standard 3D programming APIs including OpenGL-ES, D3D-Mobile and M3G. Gizmondo also contains a GPS chip for location based services, is equipped with Bluetooth for use in multi-player gaming and accepts MMC card accessories.
About Tiger Telematics and Gizmondo
Gizmondo Europe Ltd. is an owned subsidiary of Tiger Telematics Inc (TGTL) and is the maker of Gizmondo, a next-generation mobile entertainment device. Set to launch in 2004, the gaming device includes built-in music, video, messaging and picture functions and GPS.
Tiger is a designer, developer and marketer of mobile telematics systems and services that combine global GPS functions and voice recognition technology to locate and track vehicles and people down to street level in countries throughout the world. The systems are designed to operate on GPS and are currently being marketed to GSM current and potential subscribers, primarily by the company’s United Kingdom based subsidiaries.
For more information about Gizmondo please visit http://www.gizmondo.com and http://www.tigertelematics.com.