Wireless Briefs: Game Boy Advance, Cellnet

Wireless Briefs: Game Boy Advance, Cellnet

Game Boy Advance going wireless

Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance portable game consoles will soon be wireless, allowing up to five players to play together over a 2.4GHz radio connection. Motorola has developed a high-speed, low-power chipset that will be used in a wireless adaptor accessory for the Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Advance SP. Nintendo general manager, Satoru Okada, is quoted in a Motorola statement as saying Motorola had provided system engineering support as well as chip development for the wireless accessory. The chipset contains a 32-bit reduced instruction set computer (RISC) baseband processor and a radio transceiver. A time division multiple access (TDMA) communication protocol will mean the devices respond to one another at a speed similar to a wired connection. The chipset resists radio signal interference and has low power consumption. The wireless adaptor will be launched in Japan in the first half of 2004.

Laver joins Cellnet

Brisbane-based mobile phone and IT distributor, Cellnet, has appointed Peter Laver as the new general manager of its telecommunications division. He will be responsible for managing the group’s overall telecommunications sales strategies, vendor relationships and partnerships with major mobile phone carriers and service providers. Laver had previously spent more than 10 years with Telstra MobileNet, holding the position of national retail sales and strategies manager for five years. He also held state sales manager and national accounting manager positions with MobileNet and was responsible for establishing retail business with companies including Retravision, Dick Smith and Myer. He replaces Dean Verberne.

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