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Nintendo Keeps DMP Graphics Core in 2DS Console

13 October 2013

Japan's Digital Media Professionals Inc. (DMP) has announced that its PICA200 graphics core has been used in the Nintendo 2DS, which launched on Oct. 12.

The design win is the latest in a series that have registered DMP (Tokyo) as a potential source of graphics cores and a viable alternative to market leaders Imagination Technologies Group plc and ARM Holdings plc.

The Nintendo 2DS is a version of the Nintendo 3DS handheld game console but without 3D autostereoscopic graphics. The PICA200 includes proprietary techniques, labeled Maestro technology, that are claimed to reduce the power consumption of high performance graphics rendering and making them suitable for portable games consoles.

In May, DMP announced that FujiFilm made use of the SMAPH-H graphics core to provide the user interface rendering inside a number of models of camera. The SMAPH-H supports scalable and anti-aliased font rendering. In April, DMP announced that Renesas Electronics Corp. would use the SMAPH-H graphics core for some applications.

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