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PRESS RELEASE


eSOL Products Selected for the New Game Console "WiiTM" from Nintendo

(Tokyo, Japan - April 4, 2007) eSOL Co., Ltd. announced today that their leading embedded middleware products, "PrFILE2" FAT file system and "PrUSB/Host" USB host stack, were selected for the "WiiTM", from Nintendo Co.;.

Both software products constitute fundamental functionalities in the Wii console - managing and transferring data and files with external media. In particular, PrFILE2 provides file management functions which read and write data of theSD memory card, as well as other media;. PrUSB/Host functions are used in Wii, to provide USB host functions.

More details of Wii: http://www.nintendo.com/techspecwii

-- WiiTM --

©2007 Nintendo



Comment from Nobuyuki Ueyama, Executive Vice President, Embedded Products Division at eSOL
"I am very happy that we could take part in the development for Wii, a new game console from Nintendo. I believe that our products were selected because Nintendo highly-valued our long, successful history with many digital consumer products and high-reliability and functionality based on that. We will continue to provide superior products and technical services to strongly support developers in embedded software development."


About PrFILE2

PrFILE2 is a FAT file system supporting FAT12/16/32 and VFAT. It has an architecture that can support application specific customization requests flexibly and quickly. Also, it has a fast backward seek function for file pointer, a function to minimize the file system destruction at accidental power shutdown or media removal, and other essential functions for the next generation of digital electronics devices. PrFILE2 provides a rich lineup of media drivers including compact flash and SD card.

More details of PrKERNELv4: http://www.eSOL.co.jp/embedded/prkernelv4.html


About PrUSB/Host

PrUSB/Host is a USB host stack compliant to USB1.1 and 2.0 (Full Speed/High Speed) specifications to implement USB host functions in an embedded system. By embedding PrUSB/Host, direct communication with USB devices is supported without using PC. Optional Mass Storage class driver enables using USB flash memory, other mass storage device and digital camera as the external storage.

More details of PrKERNELv4: http://www.eSOL.co.jp/embedded/prkernelv4.html


About eSOL Co., Ltd.

Under its guiding spirit of "Contribution to the society through computer engineering", eSOL has a long successful history in the embedded software and distribution/logistics markets since its foundation in 1975. eSOL offers a total solution for consistent services from development to sales andsupport; always putting customer satisfaction first.

As an A-level member of T-Engine forum, eSOL strongly promotes technical development and service offerings related to T-Engine and T-Kernel. eSOL offers embedded software products including eBinder development suites for T-Kernel/µITRON based system and eT-Kernel T-Kernel extension. Also, eSOL offers eParts lineup - including PrKERNELv4 µITRON4.0 compliant real-time OS.

eSOL established eSOL, Inc. in Oregon, United states as it affiliate company in January 2004 to expand sales of eBinder and eParts to markets in North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as in Japan.



 

  

 

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so if i read that right...

 

a hard drive accessory for the wii is -potentially- coming. 

 

personally, i'd buy it. if marketed right. 60gig hdd's Retail are like 40 bucks.

 case etc, i'd put a 60gig hard drive accessory for the wii @ around 80 dollars. but they'll probably charge 99.

 

now if they supply just the CASE firmware and allow you to install ANY normal hdd inside-- for 25 bucks. KACHING... i have a 16 a 40 a 250 and an 80 gig hdd just sitting around at home currently



I wonder want they are planning to do and why they need all this extra space, I'm willing to bet that this is about more than just VC game storage.



 

  

 

It'd be funny if Nintendo offered something like a 60GB drive for $50, it'd totally put the 360's outrageous prices to shame.  Alas, it won't happen, Nintendo likes overcharging for their accessories even more (see: SD cards).  Best to hope for is that they allow any external USB drive to work like the PS3 does.



Wonder how big the "storage" will be If Nintendo is smart they will do as Sony and not Microsoft stile with expensive * special* harddrive. But that is not really Nintendo stile they will overprice., Nintendo dont really need extra storage. The good argument that Wii is cheap might be destroyed. The Wii sales are really good but Nintendo might thinking of a bigger picture. To compete with PS3/360 at the online departement I dont really think that they can pull that of. But it depends all on them, Nintendo do your magic!



 
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Does the Wii have a USB port? I'm not sure if I'm reading that article right, but if it's for an external storage device, how would it plug into the Wii?

 And if that does come down the pipe, it could expand the Virtual Console offerings to include CD and maybe even some DVD games. The way Sega supports it, I'm sure they'd offer up a ton of Saturn and Dreamcast games.



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stof said:

Does the Wii have a USB port? I'm not sure if I'm reading that article right, but if it's for an external storage device, how would it plug into the Wii?

 And if that does come down the pipe, it could expand the Virtual Console offerings to include CD and maybe even some DVD games. The way Sega supports it, I'm sure they'd offer up a ton of Saturn and Dreamcast games.


the wii has two usb ports. i can see this storage being used for demos and new online games.



r2007 said:
stof said:

Does the Wii have a USB port? I'm not sure if I'm reading that article right, but if it's for an external storage device, how would it plug into the Wii?

 And if that does come down the pipe, it could expand the Virtual Console offerings to include CD and maybe even some DVD games. The way Sega supports it, I'm sure they'd offer up a ton of Saturn and Dreamcast games.


the wii has two usb ports. i can see this storage being used for demos and new online games.


Yeah, there are two USB Ports in the back of the Wii, I agree with r2007 I think this is more about online than anything else.



 

  

 

i doubt you can emulate dreamcast games on the wii



tendogz said:

i doubt you can emulate dreamcast games on the wii


What do you mean by that?