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GP32
Manufacturer GamePark
Type Handheld game console
Generation Sixth generation era
First available 2001
CPU Samsung S3C2400X01
Media SmartMedia

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Contents

Description

The console is based on a 133 MHz ARM CPU, which can be overclocked to 166 Mhz through software. This is backed by eight megabytes of RAM (upgradeable to 32/64 MB). Unlike similar gaming systems, which are proprietary cartridge-based, the GP32 uses rewritable SmartMedia cards, making it very appealing for amateur game developers. The console also has a USB port for connection with a PC, and a serial expansion port. The entrance to ARMs headquarters in Cherry Hinton, Cambridge ARM (Advanced RISC Machines) Ltd is a microprocessor design company headquartered in England, founded in 1990 by Hermann Hauser. ... Die of an Intel 80486DX2 microprocessor (actual size: 12×6. ... Computer software (or simply software) refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of a computer for some purpose. ... A megabyte is a unit of information or computer storage equal to exactly one million bytes. ... Random access memory (usually known by its acronym, RAM) is a type of data store used in computers. ... A 32MB SmartMedia flash memory card (on keyboard for scale) A radiograph of SmartMedia card. ... Universal Serial Bus (USB) is a serial bus standard to interface devices. ... Apple Macintoshes like the iMac Core Duo are personal computers. ...


There are three main commercial versions of the unit: the original GP32, with no light, the front-lit unit (FLU), modified for Game Park by Hahotech, and the back-lit unit (BLU), released in Europe in mid-summer 2004. At the end of 2004, Game Park also released so-called BLU+ versions, which have a different screen than the normal BLU units. All commercially released units are white with grey or white buttons. There are also a number of differently colored promotional units, and several prototype units with wildly different designs.


GP32 Features

DivX

The GP32 is natively capable of playing DivX movies. This sets it apart from its rival product, the Game Boy Advance, which requires a third-party upgrade for this feature. The GP32 plays media files more fluently than Nintendo's console. DivX is a video codec created by DivX, Inc. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ...


Software Installation

The GP32 stores its software on SmartMedia cards varying in sizes from 2MB to 128MB. This allows the user to store custom media, applications and games on his GP32, including alternative firmware. Commercial games can be acquired via internet download or in a retail box. The box contains a game CD, which is placed in your PC, so that the software can be transferred to the GP32 system's SmartMedia card via USB cable. This method effectively reduced the price of the games because you weren't paying for cartridges (though you still had to pay for high priced SmartMedia cards to store the games later on). Downloading a game online could range from $10 to $30. A 32MB SmartMedia flash memory card (on keyboard for scale) A radiograph of SmartMedia card. ... In computing, firmware is software that is embedded in a hardware device. ... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit České Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s... ... A 32MB SmartMedia flash memory card (on keyboard for scale) A radiograph of SmartMedia card. ... Note: USB may also mean upper sideband in radio. ...


Homebrew Friendly

Game Park planned their system to be powerful and useful, but they also wanted users to be able to create homebrew software (a first in video game consoles). When one bought a GP32, one could register the unit on the official website and get a free suite of development tools to create their own games and applications for the GP32. Game Park also allowed (under certain restrictions) the publishing of such homebrew games on their website. Homebrew is a term frequently applied only to video games that are produced by consumers on proprietary game platforms; in other words, game platforms that are not typically user-programmable, or use proprietary hardware for storage. ...


Through this strategy, the GP32 was the host of multiple homebrew applications and games. The various applications made for it ranged from alternative firmware (GUI), games, game generators (such as RPG maker), DivX players, image slideshows, and emulators. In computing, firmware is software that is embedded in a hardware device. ... DivX is a video codec created by DivX, Inc. ... An emulator reproducing a console games playable atmosphere on a Windows computer. ...


Emulators

The GP32 has the processing power, and is easy enough to program for that many emulators have been developed for the system. Emulators of many popular 16-bit and earlier consoles are available, as well as of some older computer platforms[1]. Those allowed gamers to play a large variety of older games on their GP32 systems. There is also a Windows-based emulator for GP32, which allows users to run GP32 software on a Windows-based PC. [2] Microsoft Windows is the name of several families of proprietary software operating systems by Microsoft. ...


Games

Although the number of official games available for the GP32 system is limited, many open source/free software developers are working on various emulators and are porting PC games. In addition to this, a wide range of free, public-domain games are being created by amateur developers. Game Park does not ask any royalties to release games for its device, which makes it easier for small editors or independent developers to release software for the GP32. Open source refers to projects that are open to the public and which draw on other projects that are freely available to the general public. ... This article is about free software as defined by the sociopolitical free software movement; for information on software distributed without charge, see freeware. ... In computer science, porting is the process of adapting software so that an executable program can be created for a computing environment that is different from the one for which it was originally designed (e. ... Icon sometimes used to indicate that source material is not subject to copyright. ...


The modification of Ericsson Chatboard micro-keyboards to work with the system has seen a new flourish of software development, including countless attempts at ports of Linux, and keyboard support being added to many emulators. Lars Magnus Ericsson Ericsson () NASDAQ: ERIC is a Swedish telecommunications equipment manufacturer, founded in 1876 as a telegraph equipment repair shop by Lars Magnus Ericsson. ... Linux (IPA pronunciation: ) is a Unix-like computer operating system family that uses the Linux kernel. ...


Commercial availability

Commercially, the system can be found mostly in Korea, and some other parts of Asia, although the GP32 BLU model was released in three European markets, including Portugal, Spain, and Italy on June 15, 2004 with a price point of €199. There are official distributors in the United Kingdom and Sweden as well. Game Park, however, does not intend to release the console in America. June 15 is the 166th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (167th in leap years), with 199 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... World map showing the Americas CIA map of the Americas The Americas are the lands of the Western hemisphere or New World consisting of the continents of North America and South America with their associated islands and regions. ...


Despite of the GP32 not being released worldwide, it has a large international community of users and developers.


BLU+

A back lit GP32 (released in December 2004) was given the name BLU+ by the community. The back lit unit featured a different LCD display (Taiwanese manufactured instead of Samsung), which led to some compatibility problems with certain applications, and problems such as white lines across the screen. However, nearly all applications were fixed once it was found that the new screens had better contrast than the old ones. The back lit GP32's were commercially named "BLU". The BLU+ was, as stated, a name that the community gave it to notice the difference between the two models. This article is about the history, geography, and people of the island known as Taiwan. ...


There were many applications that worked with the BLU+ and other models. Mirko's SDK could autodetect which version one had. All the applications such as emulators, movie players, and the like worked as well on the BLU+, as on other models.


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Specifications

Dimensions 147 mm × 88 mm × 34 mm
Weight 163 g
Display 3.5" TFT, 16-bit colour, 320 × 240 pixels
CPU Samsung S3C2400X01 (ARM920T core), 20 (and under) to 133 MHz (overclockable to 166 MHz+ in some cases. Some have even reached 256 MHz (not always stable, low battery life). Overclocking ability is random, however all GP32s are supposed to reach 133 MHz. A few early "bad" units maxed out at 132 MHz.)
RAM 8 MB SDRAM
ROM 512 KB
Sound 44.1 kHz 16-bit stereo sound
four-channels and up software WAV mixing (it is up to the coder, but four channel is built into the official SDK)
16-part polyphonic software MIDI (in official SDK)
earphone port
stereo speakers
Storage SmartMedia 8–128 MB
Power Supply 2 × AA batteries or 3-V DC adapter. Batteries last between 6 and 12+ hours, but actual amount depends on a number of factors.

A thin film transistor (TFT) is a special kind of field effect transistor made by depositing thin films for the metallic contacts, semiconductor active layer, and dielectric layer. ...

See also

Handheld game consoles
Early units
See Microvision and Handheld electronic games
Nintendo handhelds
Game & Watch | Game Boy (Pocket | Light) | Game Boy Color | Game Boy Advance (SP | Micro) | Nintendo DS (Lite)
Bandai handhelds
WonderSwan | WonderSwan Color | SwanCrystal
GamePark/Holdings handhelds
GP32 | GP2X | XGP | XGP Mini | XGP Kids
SNK handhelds
Neo Geo Pocket | Neo Geo Pocket Color
Sega handhelds
Game Gear | Nomad | Mega Jet
Sony handhelds
PocketStation | PlayStation Portable
Other handhelds
Atari Lynx | Gamate | Watara Supervision | Mega Duck | Game.com | Gizmondo | N-Gage | TurboExpress | Pepper Pad | GameKing | iRiver G10 | Ez MINI
Comparison

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WonderSwan Color The WonderSwan Color is a handheld game console designed by Bandai. ... The SwanCrystal is the third (and likely final) version of Bandais WonderSwan handheld game console brand, succeeding the WonderSwan and WonderSwan Color. ... Game Park is a Korean company responsible for creating the GP32 and XGP. GP32 Hardware and Design // History Foundation Founded in 1996 in Korea, Game Park entered the industry through government money. ... GamePark Holdings is a Korean company responsible for creating the GP2X that was founded by former employees of the game maker GamePark. ... The GP2X is an open-source, Linux-based handheld video game console and media player created and sold by GamePark Holdings of South Korea. ... The XGP (Extreme Game Player) is a portable video game system created by the Korean company GamePark as the follow-up to its GP32 handheld. ... The XGP is a portable video game system created by the Korean company GamePark as the follow-up to its GP32 handheld. ... The XGP is a portable video game system created by the Korean company GamePark as the follow-up to its GP32 handheld. ... SNK Playmore (formerly SNK) is a Japanese video game hardware and software company. ... Neo Geo Pocket (Monochrome) The Neo Geo Pocket was SNKs original hand held system. ... Neo Geo Pocket Color The Neo Geo Pocket Color (or NGPC) was released in 1998 in Japan. ... Sega Corporation ) is an international video game software and hardware developing company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ... The Sega Game Gear is a handheld game console and was Segas response to Nintendos Game Boy. ... The Sega Nomad was a handheld game console sold in North America and South America, mainly in Brazil, essentially a mini-Genesis console, based on the Japanese Mega Jet and featuring a built-in color screen. ... 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The title of this article should be game. ... The Gizmondo is a handheld gaming console with GPRS and GPS technology, which was manufactured by Tiger Telematics. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... TurboExpress handheld, TV tuner, games The TurboExpress or (PC Engine GT in Japan) was a portable version of the TurboGrafx, released in 1990 for $249. ... The Pepper Pad is a mobile computer with Internet capability and doubles as a handheld game console. ... The GameKing is an 8-bit handheld game console produced by the Chinese company TimeTop since 2003. ... [1] The iriver G10 is a portable media player with 3D gaming capabilities currently in development by iriver. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Shanda. ... This is a comparison of the features of various handheld game consoles. ... The GP2X is an open-source, Linux-based handheld video game console and media player created and sold by GamePark Holdings of South Korea. ... The XGP (Extreme Game Player) is a portable video game system created by the Korean company GamePark as the follow-up to its GP32 handheld. ...

External links

Official site

  • GamePark Official Site

Distributors

  • GameTronics.se - GP2X Official Distributor Sweden
  • GBAX - UK distributor of GP32s
  • Virgin Play - Official GP32 distributor in Europe (Spanish-language site)
  • [GP32Z] - USA distributor of GP32s (Site no longer sells these and isn't even registered to the original owner]

Development information

Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL) is a cross-platform multimedia free software library written in C that creates an abstraction over various platforms graphics, sound, and input APIs, allowing a developer to write a computer game or other multimedia application once and run it on many operating systems including GNU/Linux...

News and community

  • GP32x - News and community website, and has the most active English GP32 forum
  • GP32x File Archive - The File Archive for the GP32 (categorized with descriptions)
  • Emuholic - Covers underground community news for all handhelds, including the GP32
  • GP32Spain - Spanish news and community website
  • GP32Club - French news and community website
  • GP32 In Russia - Russian news and community website
  • GPzigi 知皮知己 - The Biggest GP32 Community Website (Korean)
  • Gamepark Newbie - FAQs, guides, and information about the GP32 as well as GP2X and XGP consoles.
  • GP32 Compatibility List - Community-maintained compatibility lists that show which games/programs work with which emulators/accessories
  • GameTronics.se - Selling GP32 Games

  Results from FactBites:
 
GP32 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (775 words)
Although the number of official games available for the GP32 system is limited, many open source/free software developers are working on various emulators and are porting PC games.
After months of confusion surrounding its European arrival, the GP32 BLU model was finally released in three European markets (Spain, Italy, and Portugal) on June 15, 2004 with a price point of €199.
A back lit GP32 (Released on December 2004) was given the name BLU+ by the community.
GamePark - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1153 words)
One of the biggest reason to import the GP32 was its capacity to play DivX movies, of course in low resolution and framerate compared to a modern PC, but better than the currently existing GBA video.
Through this strategy, the powerful GP32 at the time (130 MHz and overclocked at 166 MHz and 188 MHz by some people, proving the GP32's quality due to overclock support) was the host of multiple home brew applications and games, even game makers resembling the popular game RPG maker.
The GP32 BLU (standing for Back Lit Unit) was another iteration of the GP32 (the equivalent of the Game Boy Micro), again having nothing changed in appearance, except for a now back lit screen, much better than the FLU.
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