From Handhelds to Slots: Tungsten510 SMARC's Role in Gaming Evolution

Discover how the Tungsten510 SMARC module and its unmatched performance, stunning visuals, and smart AI-driven features are used in the gaming and casino industry.

Published on July 8, 2024

From Handhelds to Slots: Tungsten510 SMARC's Role in Gaming Evolution

The gaming industry, a dynamic and rapidly evolving sector, has continually pushed the boundaries of technology and creativity to offer a more immersive and entertaining experience to a global audience. Its growth, driven by technological advancements in graphics and accessibility, has positioned itself as a leading form of entertainment worldwide. However, this growth comes with its unique challenges and trends that shape the future of gaming. 

As games become more sophisticated, the demand for high-performance hardware that can support complex graphics, artificial intelligence, and real-time processing increases. Developers and manufacturers face the challenge of creating devices that can deliver these advanced capabilities without compromising on power efficiency or cost. Additionally, online gaming, which has surged in popularity, requires robust connectivity solutions to ensure smooth, lag-free gaming. The industry needs hardware capable of supporting high-speed connections to cater to the growing demand for multiplayer and cloud gaming services. To top it all off, the pressure to innovate while reducing development time and costs is a significant challenge, as games are expected to be released on a yearly basis. 

As we look at the challenges facing the gaming world and what’s coming next, it’s clear that tech is really shaking things up. AI and machine learning are making games feel more realistic and tailored to the individual gamer. To achieve this, hardware that can process AI algorithms and adopt technologies like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are needed to create an immersive experience. Plus, with gamers wanting to play anywhere and anytime, platforms must keep up with the booming cloud gaming services. This means creating gaming systems that are reliable, flexible, and online to grow with the quickly evolving industry.

Let’s explore two use cases for how Ezurio’s Tungsten510 SMARC System-on-Module (SOM) is helping meet these demanding requirements. 

Use Case 1: Handheld Gaming Tablet

In today’s arcades and casinos, large, clunky machines are being replaced by smaller, more powerful handheld tablets that let users play anywhere within the venue premises without being confined to the physical location of machines. These handheld devices and gaming kiosks bring a portable experience while still bringing an exceptional clarity and detail. Building a handheld with the Tungsten510 SMARC as its core enables a powerful entertainment platform. Its Arm Mali-G57 MC2 GPU supports vibrant high-definition graphics, to give the user a visual experience that pull players into the game. For instance, blackjack, running on this module, showcases crisp, clear cards and a fluid, responsive interface that mimics the feel of a real casino game. 

Beyond just the visuals, thanks to the Tungsten510 SMARC’s dual-core 2.0GHz Cortex-A78 and quad-core 2.0GHz Cortex-A55 processor, these gaming devices are only powerful, but also efficient, balancing performance with battery life. This means gamers can enjoy extended play sessions on handheld devices without compromising on speed or performance. With its dedicated AI Accelerator, the system enhances the gaming experience by not only adjusting difficulty levels, but also providing personalized recommendations for similar games, ensuring a unique tailored session that keeps players engaged and continuously exploring new gaming adventures.  Coupled with support for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.3, these devices offer a seamless connected experience, allowing for updates, downloads and online play with minimal latency. The Tungsten510 SMARC turns handheld gaming into portable powerhouses, delivering immersive gaming with smart, AI-driven features. 

Use Case 2: Next-Generation Slot Machines

Have you ever been drawn to a slot machine, looking at its dazzling lights and sounds, and thought it needs more? The future of casino gaming is rapidly changing to draw in a bigger and broader set of audiences. To do this, these machines need to continue to become more vivid and engaging than current models. Picture yourself approaching a slot machine that doesn’t feature one, but two ultra-clear 4K screens. Thanks to the Tungsten510 SMARC Arm Mali-G57 MC2 GPU and its 4K video encoder and decoder, the top screen can show vibrant, dynamic visuals while on the lower screen, an interactive touchscreen invites you to dive into gameplay with tactile responses. This experience, powered by the high-performance MediaTek Genio 510 processor enables cutting-edge gameplay that shines over previous models. Similarly, it’s not only about the visuals, but the audio too. The Tungsten510’s Tensilica HiFi 5 Audio DSP helps bring this experience to life so that you can hear every coin clink, every reel spin, and engaging music alongside the digital gameplay. 

But what truly distinguishes these next-generation slot machines is not just their current capabilities, but what they promise for the future. Built on the scalable, future-proof foundation of the SMARC standard, these machines can easily be upgraded. As gaming technology evolves, these machines can substitute their SMARC module with another, one utilizing the latest processor or wireless standards. If you're integrating the latest Ezurio SMARC SOM, we provide a trusted path forward for OEMS to easily keep their legacy products up to date and on the cutting edge. 

About our Tungsten510 SMARC

Both next-generation slot machines and gaming tablets showcase the versatility of Ezurio’s Tungsten510 SMARC module in creating high-performance gaming hardware. This module helps create a highly interactive and personalized gaming station, attracting players with its stunning visuals, immersive audio, and AI-enhanced gameplay. It also represents a compact yet powerful device that doesn't compromise on performance or visual quality, integrating features that were once only possible in larger consoles. By incorporating the Tungsten510, both products can provide unique gaming experiences, demonstrating the module's capability to meet a range of use cases in the gaming industry. 

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