The 3D Gaming—Cell Phone?

By John Quain  |  Posted 2004-02-11 Print this article Print

ATI and others want to take cell-phone graphics to another level.

The race for better graphics performance on PCs is a long-standing tradition. Now ATI and others want to take cell-phone graphics to the next level.

The ATI Imageon 2300 is the first 3D graphics coprocessor for wireless handsets and smart phones, according to ATI. It comes equipped with a full-featured graphics engine, including geometry processing of up to 1 million triangles per second, perspective correction, and dithering. The chip also has an MPEG-4 video decoder and video resolutions of up to 2 megapixels, making it ideal for camera phones with high-speed data access. The result is far better picture quality, even on a 2-inch screen, ATI claims.

Are 3D games really something people want to squint at on tiny displays? "Here in North America, were way behind Japan and Korea," points out Azzedine Boubguira, ATIs director of marketing for handheld products. "For a year and a half theyve been running 3D games there," he says, albeit with slow software rendering. Boubguira also notes that when ATI introduced graphics accelerators in laptops, "people laughed at us." Now they are a standard feature.

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John Quain John Quain is the Wireless Center Editor and wireless columnist for Ziff Davis Media. He is also the on-air Computer Consultant for CBS News, appearing regularly on the network's overnight newscast Up to the Minute for over 7 years. In addition, Quain does occasional reports for CBS News The Early Show and has been reporting on technology and related business and entertainment news for over 20 years. Quain has appeared regularly on ABC News, CNN, CNNfn, MSNBC, and CNBC.

In addition to his online and on-air work, Quain currently contributes articles about computers, the Internet, consumer electronics, and technology to PC Magazine, Popular Science, Esquire, and The New York Times. Other publications Quain contributes to include Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Men's Journal, Tech Edge, and Good Housekeeping.

Past positions Quain has held include working as a Contributing Editor at Fast Company magazine for 4 years and at PC Magazine for 9 years. He also wrote a technology column for Brill's Content magazine, was the gadgets columnist at My Generation magazine, was the daily Internet columnist for Time Warner's Pathfinder, and was the computer columnist at The Globe and Mail newspaper.


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