Feeds

TTPCom pitches 'sub-$200' platform for mobile gaming

And jolly yummy it looks too...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

Cambridge-based wireless design company TTPCom is kicking off this week's 3GSM World Congress with the unveiling of a mobile games player reference design. TTPCom doesn't actually build phones (more's the pity - we loved the one they showed us last year), but licences designs and IP to manufacturers. The new design will therefore be pitched at companies wanting to produce products for the wireless gaming/youth market, and will to some extent go up against Nokia's N-Gage.

Its codename is B'ngo. "How do you say that?" we asked. "Make a noise like you've got a mouth full of sticky toffee?" Apparently not - "Bingo", you say.

Bnnneurge (as we still like to think of it) uses an ARM 7, is triband GSM, has a still camera, 176 x 220, 65,000 colour TFT, GPRS, Bluetooth, polyphonic ringer, basically all the gizmos you'd expect in a cool phone today, but it's more of a console shape, and has gaming keys and TTPCom's WGE graphics system included. The spec indicates TTPCom will be pitching it in at least two variants, Java being included in the high end version.

But the company expects it to retail in the sub-$200 category before operator subsidies, so it should be possible to get quite a meaty device quite cheap. Whereas with N-Gage Nokia is fairly clearly taking a pop at the console market, B'ngo seems to be anticipating that the phone business will use a slightly different model.

It's anticipated that the device will ship with some bundled games, and games will also be available for download; B'ngo, natch, has DRM in it. It'll be able to play network games over the air, but also includes a facility for up to eight players in close proximity to play via Bluetooth. Which could be fun, and considerably less financially taxing than the stuff the networks want to sell you.

There's a picture available here, and a bigger one here. ®

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet
Maria Miller finally resigns over expenses row
AT&T threatens to pull out of FCC wireless auctions over purchase limits
Company wants ability to buy more spectrum space in auction
EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app
Bug quietly slurps PAYG credit - yet EE denies it exists
Like Google, Comcast might roll its own mobile voice network
Says anything's possible if regulators approve merger with Time Warner
Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark
New Statement of Expectations to NBN Co offers get-out clauses for blackspot builds
Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India
Who needs China when you've got the next billion in your sights?
Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app
Jibber-jabbering addicts turfed out just as Zuck warned
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.