PC Briefs: Nintendo, Toshiba, StrongArm

PC Briefs: Nintendo, Toshiba, StrongArm

Nintendo counts on Rayman

Ubi Soft’s next instalment in its popular Rayman series will allow Nintendo users to play the game on two different games platforms. Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc was last week released for the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo GameCube. It includes a special multiplayer game for two or four gamers which will allow GameCube players to play against Game Boy Advance players. Players can also download 10 special maps as well as a final challenge from the Game Boy Advance to the GameCube. The GameCube format will feature two bonus maps and two exclusive videos.

Flash: Toshiba memory deal

Toshiba plans to sell flash memory chips based on M-Systems Flash Disk Pioneers’ flash memory capacity-doubling technology. The deal with M-Systems will see Toshiba produce 512M-bit (64M-byte) memory chips based on M-Systems’ Mobile DiskOnChip G3 technology. This allows each memory cell to hold double the amount of information that a conventional flash memory cell can hold. Two additional states for each transistor are added so that rather than being simply on or off, they can also be partially on or partially off. Using a proprietary on-chip controller to sense these levels, each memory cell can be used to hold two bits of information rather than one. The new chip will be available commercially from September.

StrongArm no more

Intel has told developers that its SA-1110 StrongArm processor will not be available for much longer. The chip that served in several generations of personal digital assistants (PDAs) has been superseded by Intel’s XScale line. Intel will continue accepting orders for six more months. The last StrongArm shipments from Intel are due no later than February 6, 2004. XScale is already being used in many Intel processor-based PDAs. With the launch of a new version that includes a baseband processor, Intel is hoping the chip will also be popular with mobile telephone handset makers.

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