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News   News :  Giesecke & Devrient Teams with Amiga to Offer High Quality Mobile Entertainment
   posted by Darth_X on 7-Apr-2006 1:11:55 (4682 reads)
Giesecke & Devrient Teams with Amiga to Offer High Quality Mobile Entertainment

DULLES, Va. & SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 5, 2006--Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), a leading supplier of smart cards and system solutions for telecommunications, payment and identification, and Amiga, Inc., a provider of cross-platform enabling technology for digital multimedia, have agreed to work together to demonstrate the use of Amiga's technologies with G&D's GalaxSIM(R) high memory SIM cards.



The GalaxSIM(R) is a new series of (U)SIM cards combining the established SIM products such as the UniverSIM(R) Callisto family with flash memory, designed to meet the demand of wireless multimedia services. The cards offer memory capacities ranging between 64 MB and 512 MB, where the SIM's standard EEPROM memory is supplemented by a flash memory device in the module. This means that memory intensive applications, such as games, music and video files or telephone directories, can be stored directly on the flash memory of the SIM card and the relevant security information, such as keys or right objects could be securely stored in the SIM card controller. The GalaxSIM(R) is designed to support games, entertainment, MP3 music, video clips, IMS services and similar applications on mobile phones, PCs and other electronic devices. The built-in smart card controller supports secure applications and digital rights management requirements.

The GalaxSIM(R) employs a standard plug-in SIM form factor where the smart card chip is responsible for the popular applications furnished by the SIM card, for example network authentication, secure storage and SIM toolkit applications. The internal GalaxSIM(R) system architecture contains the flash controller, flash memory and the smart card chip in a 3- or 2-chip version. Both MMC and USB high speed protocols can be used to ensure the swift transfer of data between SIM card and mobile phone.

The Amiga technologies are intended to allow G&D customers to provide the AmigaAnywhere(TM) application engines and Amiga multimedia applications across many devices that support GalaxSIM(R) SIM cards. The combined technologies are designed to assist operators in deploying quadruple play services by enabling users to play and manipulate the same content across devices that support SIM card or multimedia card technologies, such as mobile phones, PCs, IPTV and set top boxes. The Amiga-enabled GalaxSIM(R) cards have been designed to be deployed by carriers on both Linux and Microsoft driven devices and to allow consumers to quickly and easily move SIMs and content across devices.

Amiga technologies provide an exceptional audio, video and interactive experience that is being developed to take advantage of local hardware components, including GPS, video and 3D acceleration.

The goal of the demonstration at CTIA is to validate G&D's advanced position by running high quality, complex applications across GalaxSIMs(R). The GalaxSIM(R) demonstration shows video, entertainment and games (including AmigaAnywhere arcade, puzzle and casual games), as well as content branded with major league sport marks.

"GalaxSIM(R) is the ideal platform for the subscriber to realize the high performance and quality offered by the Amiga gaming environment, as well as the unique portability of games and content across home and mobile devices," said John O'Malley, Vice President of Telecommunications for G&D in North America.

"Integrating Amiga technologies on the GalaxSIM(R) was very simple," said Greg Sigel, Amiga's vice president of sales and marketing. "G&D has made great strides in bringing the GalaxSIM(R) to market. The CTIA demonstration is extremely compelling."

About Giesecke & Devrient:

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is a technology leader in the field of smart cards, providing smart card based solutions for telecommunications, electronic payment, health care, ID, transportation, and IT security (PKI). G&D is also a leading producer of banknotes and security documents and is dominant in the field of currency automation. Based in Munich, Germany, the G&D group has subsidiaries and joint ventures around the world. The group employs over 7,200 people and generates revenue over EUR 1.16 billion. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.gdai.com.

About Amiga:

Amiga, Inc. is a premier provider of multimedia enabling technologies. For almost two decades its award-winning software has been a mainstay for motion picture studios, multimedia creators and digital entertainment enthusiasts around the world. Today Amiga builds on this legacy, leading the way in multimedia development by providing developers with hardware-independent technologies for writing and porting applications to new platforms and interactive devices. AmigaAnywhere(TM) enables applications to run on a broad range of processors, including ARM, StrongARM, Intel X-Scale, OMAP, MIPS, x86 and Hitachi SH series, and to run hosted on a wide variety of operating systems, including Linux, Windows CE .NET, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. AmigaAnywhere(TM) applications are available online at www.shopamiga.com. For more information visit www.amiga.com.

AmigaAnywhere(TM) is a registered trademark of Amiga, Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

See GalaxSIM(R) and G&D's other product offerings at booth #1244 at CTIA Wireless 2006.
    

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(Nice mode on)

Good done Amiga.Inc. hope you'll earn some cash soon.


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Got to hand it to them, whatever business plan they have, they're doing it slowly (but surely???)...


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That's nice dear. Would you like a cup of tea?


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Why do i always visit amigainc to see this boring news.
Its like visiting pancaces, hoping to see some new
recepies when i find articles on which tires i can buy
with pancace sticker on it. I would then rather visit
michelin tires page instead.

I want to see news like. AmigaInc license os4 for a new
PPC motherboard. AmigaInc to use their energy on making
os4 grow.

Instead is blablablabla.... hehe
(i hate when they use the name amiga for nonamiga stuff)

What will be the next thing. Buy a mp3 player from amigainc
and win a helicopter :)

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What will be the next thing. Buy a mp3 player from amigainc
and win a helicopter :)


WoW!!!!! Me wants, me wants i would buy all stock mp3 to win the helicopter


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Yawn.

Fell asleep before a got to the end of that press release . At least their doing something a suppose, not sure I really understand what though.

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What helicopter? I want a helicopter too!!!

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Why do i always visit amigainc to see this boring news.
Its like visiting pancaces, hoping to see some new
recepies when i find articles on which tires i can buy
with pancace sticker on it. I would then rather visit
michelin tires page instead.

I want to see news like. AmigaInc license os4 for a new
PPC motherboard. AmigaInc to use their energy on making
os4 grow.

Instead is blablablabla.... hehe
(i hate when they use the name amiga for nonamiga stuff)



I agree.Misunderstandly Amiga inc is doing exactly what the previous owners of the Amiga(commodore, escom...) did: To give priority to anything except to the (real)Amiga itself, and not release what really will boots their sales (Amiga computers).And we all know what happened to all the previous owners

DEJA VU????????


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@dan.hutch
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At least their doing something a suppose, not sure I really understand what though.

Sounds like they're going to bundle AmigaAnywhere on SIM cards. The problem as I see it, though, is that they're also going to need to make a deal somewhere along the line with a cell service in order to get content for AA.

Personally, I don't have a desire to play games on my cell phone. Some do, though, so more power to AInc.

As an aside, does anyone here know if (GSM*) cell phones use a common processor? If not, will you need to have different SIM cards for each phone since you'll need a different VP translator? Doesn't that defeat the purpose of SIM cards?


(*) I'm stuck with Verizon and CDMA. We don't get no steenkin' SIM cards.


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@syrtran

It's quite sad that more than 20 of computing and the Amiga name is to be slapped on a few gloriffied snake/fruit machine games for cell phones and a couple naff competitions.

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It's quite sad that more than 20 of computing and the Amiga name is to be slapped on a few gloriffied snake/fruit machine games for cell phones and a couple naff competitions.


Well said.

I came across this PR yesterday and thought I'd share it with everyone here. Unfortunately for a lot of people here, I feel the same about OS4, slapping it onto crap hardware like the A1 instead of joining power.org and porting it to the kind of hardware available to partners there. You know, the PPC970 and Cell and other *things* there.

Of course, I'm sure a Hyperion employee will now correct me.

ps: Now, power.org might not have been around that long, but the powerpc industry has been around for years.

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@ dan.hutch

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It's quite sad that more than 20 of computing and the Amiga name is to be slapped on a few gloriffied snake/fruit machine games for cell phones and a couple naff competitions.


Actually it's quite "Back to the Roots" of Amiga computing. In an pre-Amiga *platform* era Amiga Corp. released various Atari games and joysticks, such as the Amiga Joyboard.

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Actually it's quite "Back to the Roots" of Amiga computing.


I disagree with you.

First of all, AmigaInc should not be forsaking the OS4 community. I'm sure that there have been over 1000 people invest $1000+ into buying an A1 system and OS4. That's over $1 million dollars, I'm sure their amiga-anywhere has not generated that kind of money.

Second, AmigaInc should have partnered with Cloanto to sell the Amiga Forever product direct from the Amigainc website and be promoting the sale of classic games packs and be approaching the IP owners of these games and licensing them, etc. They haven't done this.

So at least they would have had a $99 product to sell to everyone, as Amiga Forever can run on a PC. Remember, Amigainc is an american company (or so we think) and Cloanto doesn't market their product outside europe, so Amigainc could have aquired distribution for north america, etc.

Do you see Amiga Forever selling on amazon.com or other online resellers? best buy? etc..

Third, they should have worked with Cloanto to bring the Amiga Forever experience to portable devices.


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This has NOTHING to do with AmigaOS so why is it here? Amiga Inc. have abandoned OS4 so i've abandoned them. It's just more publicity about a company that isn't ever going to do anything for this community, just take our money then shift their focus and forget about us.

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I'm sure that there have been over 1000 people invest $1000+ into buying an A1 system and OS4. That's over $1 million dollars, I'm sure their amiga-anywhere has not generated that kind of money.


Sure, but that's not actually a 1 million USD profit by far. Income minus all costs (salaries, support, housing/storage, etc, etc, etc) , makes a profit. Also a harddrive or CD-Rom drive sold with an OS4 system may make the dealer some extra money, but not any of the A1 partners. Maybe the profit margin on AmigaAnywhere titles is actually quite good in comparison, considering lesser costs.

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Second, AmigaInc should have partnered with Cloanto to sell the Amiga Forever product direct from the Amigainc website


They have a link to Cloanto on Amiga Inc's main page. Why not buy Amiga Forever direct from Cloanto instead?

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@ Oxygenet

Becasue it has something to do with "Amiga". If someone re-releases Amiga Corp's Atari games in one way or another maybe you would be able to read it here as well. Personally I have no problem with that, it's all part of Amiga's history.

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But Amiga Inc. have contributed almost ZERO to Amigas History, the only GOOD thing they've done is allow OS4 to go forward through Hyperion - what else have they done for the Amiga community? They've released a product that doesn't even RUN on Amiga's, all they've done is use it's name for their own ends - THAT is what upsets me.

And despite all this Hyperion keep working away - GOOD FOR THEM, if they pull this off it's because of THEM and NOTHING to do with Amiga Inc who would rather AmigaOS didn't exist.

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Apart from the fact that it's got nothing to do with Amiga (except for the company name) I haven't seen any kind of outcome from these "partnerships" so far.
NHL? ICTV? Giesecke & Devrient? Eh...

A "cooperation agreement" is easily made up if you have some friends in the other company. In the end, such an agreement can be benefical for both companies - even if there is no direct outcome.
Amiga Inc. mainly needs some news to please the venture capitalists - even if it's nothing but fluff/waffle.

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Actually it's quite "Back to the Roots" of Amiga computing. In an pre-Amiga *platform* era Amiga Corp. released various Atari games and joysticks, such as the Amiga Joyboard.


Yes, but meanwhile, Hi-Toro/Amiga was actually doing something, and creating Lorraine. You going to claim AInc is working on something useful to the real Amiga IP, then?


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But Amiga Inc. have contributed almost ZERO to Amigas History, the only GOOD thing they've done is allow OS4 to go forward through Hyperion - what else have they done for the Amiga community? They've released a product that doesn't even RUN on Amiga's, all they've done is use it's name for their own ends - THAT is what upsets me.


Amigainc's other 'good OS4 idea'

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