ATi launches Imageon 3200 multimedia/graphics co-processor for mobile phones

Posted on Wednesday, January 07 2004 @ 12:23 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Playing your favorite games on your mobile phone comes again a step closer today thanks to ATi who unveiled their new Imageon 3200 multimedia and graphics familiy of co-processors for mobile phones.
“Consumers will be able to enjoy a real mobile console experience on their cell phone with the new ATI chipset,” said Adam Comiskey, General Manager EMEA , THQ Wireless (NASDAQ: THQI). “We were impressed with the capabilities of the IMAGEON 2300. The hardware 3D engine allowed us to use the original 2003 PC MotoGPII code, combining a high level of performance and graphics that has not been seen with a software only version. With mobile gaming moving at such a rapid pace, and THQ Wireless at the frontier of groundbreaking products, we are delighted to be working with ATI on this project.”

ATI continues its groundbreaking success in the wireless marketplace by delivering industry leading functionality designed to enhance OEM (original equipment manufacturer) products. IMAGEON 2300 includes the following:

Advanced 2D and 3D graphics; MPEG 4 decode with real-time video playback at 30-fps and low power consumption; Video Capture Ports with support for high resolution camera sensors (1.3M and 2M pixels);
JPEG CODEC to compress and decompress images to be either saved in memory and printed or shared wirelessly by the camera phone user; and, Many other features such as two display engines (primary and sub-display) and embedded frame buffer.

ATI has always been a strong believer, promoter and adopter of industry standards. IMAGEON is no exception, and offers support for the OpenGL ES rendering API – a royalty free 3D API consisting of well-defined subset profiles of OpenGL, with custom ATI extensions to further improve rendering performance. The goal is to help content developers easily create advanced 3D games and applications on a wide variety of wireless platforms.

1 IDC, U.S. Wireless Gaming Forecast Update, 2003-2008: Mobile Users Just Wanna Have Fun

“Enabling developers to tap into the incredible performance and realism of the new ATI IMAGEON 2300, Mascot Capsule has optimized its latest generation Micro3D V4 engine for the IMAGEON processor,” said Carl Korobkin, President and COO of Mascot Capsule America, a division of HI Corporation. “Providing IMAGEON developers with fully-compliant, world-leading implementations of JSR184 and OpenGL ES, the latest release of our Micro3D graphics engine, builds upon a platform currently incorporated in more than 30 million handsets and powers an impressive catalog of console-quality games.”.
The Imageon 2300 media co-processor is currently sampling and mass production will start soon. ATI Technologies will exhibit its handheld products at International CES 2004, booth 23045, South Hall, Upper Level, Las Vegas Convention Center

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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