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During a recent financial call addressing the strong demand for the GameCube in Japan, America and Europe after the recent price-cuts, Nintendo representatives released a few cryptic details on the mysterious new product due to be unveiled at next years E3.

Describing the new product as a "heterogeneous new product", scheduled for a worldwide release in late 2004.

Now we know what you’re thinking, we're as baffled as anyone; initially we had thoughts of a device that features a wide range of customisable aspects, however our technically minded computer bods informed us that "heterogeneous" is also a term widely used in the discussion of computer networks, when administrators have to deal with different Operating Systems and Network Protocols.

Unfortunately Nintendo chose not to reveal any further details at this point, re-iterating that the device will be unveiled to the world at E3 in May 2004.

Hmmmm... To be quite honest we haven't got a clue what they mean, however it's certainly raised our interest in the device and trying to discover exactly what Nintendo has up its sleeve for next years E3.

There's a few things this could be, but the obvious one is online gaming. Another one is an official version of Warp Pipe. Guesses, anyone?

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Definitions of heterogeneous on the Web:

consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or nature; "the population of the United States is vast and heterogeneous"

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originating outside the body

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Materials made from more than one type of substructure. Opposite of homogeneous, a material with a uniform composition. (Note that a material can be chemically complex yet homogeneous.)

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(adj.) Containing components of more than one kind. A heterogeneous architecture may be one in which some components are processors, and others memories, or it may be one that uses different types of processor together. See also distributed computer, homogeneous.

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The state of being mixed in composition. For example, heterogeneous forests are comprised of many different species of trees.

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Composed of components of different types. A heterogeneous network of workstations would contain machines running different operating systems.

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A word describing a system that contains components of more than one kind. A heterogeneous architecture may be one in which some components are processors, and others memories, or it may be one that uses different types of processors together.

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This term qualifies systems or modes of catalysis often encountered in cellular biology, in which the functional components are not homogeneously distributed distributed as in solution, but rather organized. Model systems have been described using immobilized enzymes at the surface of matrices, or within porous lattices, surrounded by bulk solution in which reactants are dissolved. In such heterogeneous catalytic systems, the substrates and products have to diffuse to and from the enzymic phase in order to complete the catalytic cycle as sensed by an external observer (e.g., in bulk solution). The effective properties of such a heterogeneous system displays a channeling behavior for the reactants and may strikingly differ from these of the same system in solution. They include in addition to intrinsic properties of the catalyst(s), other features inherent to the non-homogeneous character of the system.

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Consisting of dissimilar constituents (mixed). histogram - A "bar graph."

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A set of objects which are of different types. For example, any element of a heterogenous array might contain integers or floating point numbers, or another array, or any kind of data.

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Containing components of more than one kind. A heterogeneous architecture may be one in which some components are processors, and others memories, or it may be one that uses different types of processors together. See also distributed computer; homogeneous [Wil93].

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Varying throughout. It was a 3-MW(t), heterogeneous, highly enriched uranium-fueled...

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composed of unrelated or unlike elements or parts; varied; miscellaneous (constituents dissimilar, incongruous)

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Term used in connection with both hardware equipment and software systems to indicate various components' use of different architectures.

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Differing in kind; not uniform; having qualities which are significantly different throughout; possessed of different characteristics.

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composed of various cell types.

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Pertaining to a substance having different characteristics in different locations. Non-uniform. For example, sand with intermittent clay lenses. Antonym Homogeneous

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Different or diverse. Heterogeneity is one of the physical characteristics of real estate. Because no two parcels of land are the same, investors should carefully evaluate the characteristics of a particular site for suitability for proposed uses since a use that works on one parcel of land may fail for another. In addition, heterogeneity makes specific performance a viable remedy for breaches of contract involving real estate. If a person contracts for a particular parcel of land, receiving its value in money or receiving another similar parcel does not substitute for the original land.

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A characteristic of the geologic matrix of interest in which hydraulic conductivity is dependent upon position.

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Heterogeneous networks are networks with systems of different platforms that interact meaningfully across the network.

www.fhi-berlin.mpg.de/~rammer/networker/SBU_Admin_html/glossary.html

Descriptive term for a material consisting of dissimilar constituents separately identifiable; a medium consisting of regions of unlike properties separated by internal boundaries. (Note that all nonhomogeneous materials are not necessarily heterogeneous).

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(Het er aw' gen us) - Containing more than one type, but separated

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Describes a substance which varies in its composition and properties from one part to another. Properties differ from place to place within the solution.

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two distinct phases of matter that do not mix, such as immiscible liquids like oil and water, or a solid and gas

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In networks, a network made up of a variety of equipment, particularly equipment and software from a variety of vendors.

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A multiprocessor computer system composed of dissimilar processors.

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(Legato Storage Manager Administrator's Guide; search in this book)

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To me it sounds like they may be going to release a GameCube with build in DVD player (which I think would be mising the boat somewhat), or with a built in GameBoy Player. Or maybe a GameCube controler, that was also a GameBoy Player. Or a portable DVD Player with built in GBA and Gamecube, plus a memory card slot for iQue games. Or a microwave with built in GBA.

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heterogeneous

Composed of unrelated parts, different in kind.

Often used in the context of distributed systems that may be running different operating systems or network protocols (a heterogeneous network).

For examples see: interoperable database, middleware.

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It's a new console which is both a handheld and a main console. It's 10x as powerful as the cube but backward compatibile.

And it plays GBA games.

It will go directly up against the PSP at a cheaper price and with a vast library of games already available.

A 10x as powerful Gamecube in handheld form?

Oh right, it was a joke! :blink:

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It's a new console which is both a handheld and a main console.  It's 10x as powerful as the cube but backward compatibile.

And it plays GBA games.

It will go directly up against the PSP at a cheaper price and with a vast library of games already available.

A 10x as powerful Gamecube in handheld form?

Oh right, it was a joke! :blink:

No joke. There are only about 4 chips in a GC. How many years since GC? Cpu power doubles every 1.5 years.

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It's a new console which is both a handheld and a main console.   It's 10x as powerful as the cube but backward compatibile.

And it plays GBA games.

It will go directly up against the PSP at a cheaper price and with a vast library of games already available.

A 10x as powerful Gamecube in handheld form?

Oh right, it was a joke! :blink:

No joke. There are only about 4 chips in a GC. How many years since GC? Cpu power doubles every 1.5 years.

Yeah, but realistically, factoring in battery life, energy efficiency, overheating, size, etc., it just wouldn't happen... otherwise it, erm.. would have. No?

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>het·er·o·ge·ne·ous ( P ) Pronunciation Key (htr--jn-s, -jnys)

>adj.

>

> 2. Completely different; incongruous.

So they're saying it's an "Completely different new product".

I.e. a new product.

I.e. they told us nothing we didn't already know.

Anyhow, my vote is for a Nintendo Dildo product range. Or VR.

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I think it's going to be some sort of gaming "chip" to be licenced to all sorts of manufacturers, in an effort to create a standard, which will pop up as a stand-alone Nintendo console, an extra in DVD players, graphics cards, etc.

OF course, I'm just making ridiculous guesses, Ryan's observation is probably right. Nintendo probably bought a thesaurus.

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it just wouldn't happen... otherwise it, erm.. would have. No?

Curious logic.

With that logic you'd never get new things.

Strangely enough, we don't get new things... but this isn't the time or place for that.

What we (as in the human race) don't get new things?

So microwave ovens, digital watches and playstations have always existed?

Are do you mean we as in consumers, and you're making a strange point that by the time consumers find out about things they're no longer new?

Either way, just because it doesn't exists, or just because we don't know it exists, it doesn't mean it won't or doesn't.

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What we (as in the human race) don't get new things?

Nope.

Well, I'd like to know the semantic nit-picking or bizarre theory behind that claim.

Like I said, not here and now.

Been boggling my mind with perpetual motion and free energy theories all morning thanks to that thread about aviation fuel taxing over in OT.

Ouch.

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