Game Boy Advance to go wireless

Nintendo's Game Boy Advance portable game consoles will soon be wireless, allowing up to five players to play together over a 2.4GHz radio connection.

Motorola has developed a high-speed, low-power chipset that will be used in a wireless adaptor accessory for the Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Advance SP, the chip maker said Friday.

A spokesman for Nintendo in the U.K. said Friday that no announcement had been made in Europe and he was therefore unable to comment. Nintendo general manager Satoru Okada is however quoted in a Motorola statement as saying that Motorola had given system engineering support as well as chip development for the wireless accessory.

The chipset contains a 32-bit RISC (reduced instruction set computer) baseband processor and a radio transceiver. A TDMA (time division multiple access) communication protocol will mean the devices respond to one another at a speed similar to a wired connection, Motorola said.

The chipset resists radio signal interference and has low power consumption, the company said.

The wireless adaptor will be launched in Japan in the first half of 2004, shipped with two Pokemon games known in Japan as FireRed and LeafGreen, Motorola said.

Motorola did not say whether there would be a charge for the adaptor.

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