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XILINX, PLEXTEK AND INTRINSYC ENABLE CES DEBUT
OF GAMETRAC -
LATEST MOBILE ENTERTAINMENT DEVICE FROM TIGER TELEMATICS
Collaboration enables rapid development of
multi-faceted Windows CE-based mobile entertainment device
LAS VEGAS, Nev., January 8, 2004 - At the Consumer Electronics
Show (CES) today, Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) and Gametrac Europe
Ltd, a subsidiary of Tiger Telematics (NASDAQ: TIGR.PK), announced
a collaboration that resulted in the first working demonstration
of Gametrac's highly anticipated mobile entertainment device. Gametrac
developed the multi-faceted Windows CE-based mobile product in record
time thanks to the speed and flexibility afforded by Xilinx programmable
chips and hardware and software from Plextek Ltd. and Intrinsyc
Software International, Inc. (TSX: ICS). The Gametrac mobile entertainment
device is on display in the Microsoft booth
January 8 - 11, 2004.
The Gametrac device offers an impressive range of entertainment
and information features, including games, multimedia messaging,
MP3 music, Mpeg4 movie playing, a digital camera, and GPRS network
link to allow wide-area network gaming. It even contains a GPS chip
for location based services. Based on the Windows CE.NET operating
systems and an ARM9 400 MHz processor, the device comes packaged
as a pocket-sized mobile device usable on five continents thanks
to its GSM tri-band capability.
Gametrac contracted development to Plextek and Intrinsyc, both Xilinx
AllianceCORE partners. The flexibility of Xilinx FPGAs was
leveraged to develop working versions of the Gametrac device in
record time. Plextek is working actively with Intrinsyc and other
parties to provide a turn-key development service to Tiger Telematics
for the development of the Gametrac product. Intrinsyc developed
fully customized embedded software based on the Windows CE .NET
operating system; telephony application software based on Intrinsyc's
intellectual property, and provided systems integration services
for the Gametrac demonstration model.
"Our ability to debut the mobile entertainment device at CES
was an absolute requirement for the success of this product. We
needed every speed, cost and risk-avoidance strategy available to
meet an incredibly challenging development schedule," said
Steve Carroll, technical director of Gametrac Europe Ltd. "Xilinx,
Plextek and Intrinsyc provided the hardware and software we needed
to develop the product and achieve our goals."
"When it comes to being able to quickly and reliably build
working prototypes of complex products, Xilinx programmable FPGA
solutions have no equal. It's exciting to be a part of such a significant
product introduction at CES. We are especially pleased to see how
the benefits of our AllianceCORE and XPERTS programs can be successfully
applied to such demanding applications," said Sandeep Vij,
vice president of worldwide marketing at Xilinx.
About Xilinx Low Cost FPGAs
Xilinx first shipped the Spartan-3 family in March 2003 as the world's
first and only FPGA utilizing 90nm process technology. The Spartan-3
platform is the world's lowest cost FPGA with unrivaled price points,
starting at under $2.95*. Already, the Spartan Series is the world's
most successful low-cost FPGA family in its class with over 11,000
customers worldwide. Since the introduction of the Spartan Series
in 1998, the company has shipped more than 60 million devices. By
continuing to set new price-density standards for the FPGA industry,
Xilinx has dramatically narrowed the price-performance gap between
programmable and fixed logic. This has driven Spartan-3 device adoption
further into higher volume consumer applications and hastened the
decline of ASIC designs.
About Gametrac and Tiger Telematics
Tiger Telematics Inc. is a designer, developer and marketer of mobile
telematics systems and services that combine global positioning
and voice recognition technology to locate and track vehicles to
street level in countries throughout the world. These systems are
designed to operate over GSM networks and are currently being marketed
to GSM subscribers, primarily by the company's United Kingdom based
subsidiaries. To find out more about Tiger Telematics, visit: http://www.tigertelematics.com.
Gametrac Europe Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tiger Telematics,
and is based in the United Kingdom. Gametrac is developing a series
of new, advanced handheld consumer products about the size of a
pager, coming to market in the United Kingdom, and which combine
state of the art handheld gaming and interactive content with GPS
functionality. To find out more about Gametrac, visit: http://www.gametrac.com.
Plextek Limited is one of the largest independent electronics design
consultancies in Europe specializing in communications. We are situated
10 miles south of Cambridge, UK. Established in 1989 and now with
100 staff we are one of the leading organizations in our field.
Our design capabilities span the range from design and technology
studies through to complete product and system design making use
of skills which cover radio, hardware, software, optoelectronics,
FPGAs, ASIC, RFIC and DSP. We have developed optical telecom and
datacom systems, GSM, GPRS, DECT, 3G PMR, Bluetooth and data/telemetry
systems, wireless local-loop system and vehicle location systems.
Intrinsyc Software International, Inc. provides unique software
and hardware solutions that enable companies to cost-effectively
create, network and manage a wide range of consumer and industrial
specialized, intelligent devices. By leveraging Intrinsyc's products,
engineering design services and systems integration expertise, customers
make better decisions, improve productivity, and reduce time-to-market.
To find out more about Intrinsyc, visit www.intrinsyc.com.
Xilinx is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic
solutions. For more information, visit www.xilinx.com.