Conexant announces dial-up technology for PlayStation 2.
Much has been made of the PlayStation 2's network capabilities (or lack thereof), but Conexant Systems has put to rest the speculation -- the company has announced that its dial-up technology will be utilized for PlayStation's upcoming modem.
Several companies will take advantage of Conexant's technology (the SmartSCM universal serial bus V.90 chipset) for the creation of PS2 modems, including Aiwa, ASCII, Melco and TDK.
Additionally, the company has set aside modem drivers specifically for use with the PS2. Matt Rhodes, senior vice president and general manager of Conexant's personal computing division commented, "Internet connectivity is a key value-added feature for PlayStation 2 users, who are looking not only for the ultimate gaming console, but also a complete computer entertainment console.
"Our highly integrated solution allows modem manufacturers to easily and cost-effectively design products that add plug-and-play Internet connectivity for the PS2 platform."
Numerous developers are interested in the PS2 modem technology, as Capcom, Squaresoft and Konami have all agreed to develop Internet-enabled games for the console in the immediate future.
1/5/2001 Bryan Keers