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Altera CPLD powers ZAPiT game console

Posted: 29 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Altera? ZAPiT Games? Nytric? MAX II? CPLD?

Altera Corp., ZAPiT Games and its research and development partner, Nytric, recently announced the choice of Altera's MAX II CPLDs to create an interactive entertainment product for family-oriented gaming, the Game Wave game console.

Nytric's designers used the Altera device as a bridge between the Advanced Technology Attachment Packet Interface disk controller and the media processor in their development of the ZAPiT Game Wave console. According to the press release, this approach allowed a highly cost-competitive consumer product using a standard DVD-player chipset while providing the interactivity essential for simultaneous multi-person game play.

"The design freedom allowed by Altera's programmable devices let us use standard components to minimize costs, while achieving high-end functionality normally found only in more costly devices," said Christopher Locke, executive producer at ZAPiT Games. "There were really zero design trade-offs in using the Altera part."

The ZAPiT Game Wave is a DVD-based game console that hosts up to six players or teams. Unlike other game consoles, Game Wave's emphasis is on player interaction similar to traditional board games. The system uses up to six wireless remote controls for fast, wait-free interactive play of family-oriented content including trivia, word, casino and "parlor" games. The console also acts as a DVD player.

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