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Applied Microsystems

by the NWR Staff - March 3, 2001, 2:48 am EST

All about Applied Microsystems



What’s Applied Microsystems about? What is the company’s History?

Applied Microsystems (also known as AMC) provides high-level software development tools and development solutions that expedite complex software projects. AMC's products help OEM customers bring products to market faster by providing innovative tools to develop, debug and test products faster, more reliably and at a lower cost.

Applied Microsystems are proud to point out that it has over 20 years of experience in a variety of fields. Prior to entering the Games industry, Applied has provided assistance to numerous top performing companies build better products faster in the High Speed Networking, Avionics, Mil-Aero, Automotive and even Medical industries. With success to its credits across its diverse background, Applied Microsystems are yet another incredibly valuable ally for Nintendo. Nintendo’s GameCube isn’t the only console AMC is assisting with either. The company has also been tapped to help with Microsoft’s X-Box.

Like other Nintendo NGC allies, AMC’s clientele list sports some big names: Applied has provided award winning run control, test and analysis technologies to high speed networking customers such as Alcatel, Ericsson, Lucent, Mitsubishi, Nokia, Nortel, Siemens, Cabletron, Cisco, 3COM, Fujitsu, Marconi Communications, Motorola, NEC, and Tellabs.

What is AMC’s Involvement with Nintendo and the GameCube?

AMC has provided user-friendly development tools that are needed to create game software. Before completed kits were available, AMC manufactured devices that emulated GameCube hardware, allowing developers to make progress on NGC games they were planning while waiting for finalized kits. (All 1st, 2nd and 3rd party developers should have finalized tools now).

The development tools Applied Microsystems produced for NGC are said to shave months off of development time for a game, allowing it to get to market quicker. AMC’s development tools are certainly one of the many reasons NGC is earning a “developer friendly” reputation.

"We're pleased we were chosen to work with Nintendo on [Gamecube]," says Stephen J. Verleye, President and CEO, Applied Microsystems, Corp. "AMC has led the embedded systems tools market for more than 20 years, so we have much to offer this next generation of console."

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